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South Point man seeks judicial release

A South Point man serving a three-year prison sentence in connection with a 2002 shooting is asking to be freed a year early.

Larry Salmons, 34, was one of four people charged with breaking into the home of Douglas Radcliff on Trace Creek-Marion Ridge July 1 of that year. He later pleaded guilty to second-degree felonious assault.

During a hearing Wednesday, attorney Marty Stillpass told Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton that Salmons has been a model prisoner during his time behind bars.

But Daniel Radcliff, the victim's brother, told the court the family still fears for their safety at the hands of Salmons and that he has shown no remorse for what he did.

"I don't think he should be out," Radcliff said. "Let him serve the full term."

Walton said he would study the request and make a decision at a later date.

Deputies went to the Radcliff home after receiving a call that people had broken in on the residents and that the homeowners had fired shots.

Salmons, an accomplice, James D. Stanle, also of South Point and Douglas Radcliff were injured in the crime.

Also Wednesday, a

South Point man accused of stealing knives and other items from the Proctorville Fruth Pharmacy pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court.

Bradley Brunty, 43, of 306 Little Solida Road, entered guilty pleas to one count if fifth-degree felony theft,

first-degree misdemeanor falsification and second-degree misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown sentenced Brunty to six months in prison on the first charge, six months in jail on the second charge and 90 days in jail on the third charge.

All charges are to be served concurrently with each other and with sentences he faces in Gallia County and in Rowan County, Ky.