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County court busy with guilty pleas

Several area residents were sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty on various charges.

Veronica L. Nikolov, 24, whose last known address was 9 Private Drive 149, Chesapeake, was found guilty of a probation violation Wednesday and additionally signed a bill of information on charges of fifth-degree felony theft and fifth-degree felony forgery.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown ordered Nikolov to successfully complete an in-house substance abuse treatment program and make restitution to her victim.

He also sentenced her to four years community controlled sanctions. If she violates the terms of her sentencing she could go to prison for 11 months.

Jenna Sierer, 21, of Ironton, was sentenced to 11 months in prison after she was found guilty Wednesday of a probation violation.

McCown ordered her to make restitution to her victims and gave her credit for time served while awaiting conclusion of her case.

Josh Gaither, 21, whose last known address was 289 County Road 66, Proctorville, was sentenced Wednesday to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation after he pleaded guilty in November to complicity to burglary.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton gave Gaither credit for time served and ordered him to make restitution to his victim.

He was accused of being involved in

the theft of a safe from a Lawrence County residence last year.

Christopher Adkins, 26, of Huntington, W.Va. was sentenced to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation after he pleaded guilty to second-degree felony burglary.

As part of his sanctions, McCown ordered Adkins to successfully complete a

drug treatment program at the STAR Community Justice Center and to make restitution to his victim. He was given credit for time served in jail awaiting resolution of his case. If he violates the terms of his sentence, he could be sent to prison for three years.