Several defendants enter guilty pleas

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

An Ironton man accused of drug peddling and another accused of hindering police work were among those entering guilty pleas this week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Charles Dickess, 26, of 941 County Road 24, pleaded guilty to five counts of third-degree felony trafficking in crack cocaine and one count of first-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton withheld sentencing at the request of Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr.

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“This is a negotiated plea,” Collier explained. “It is in exchange for his pleading guilty to the indictment and cooperating fully with the prosecution of his codefendants and testifying truthfully.”

Dickess was arrested with Frances Delawder, 44, of 1527 S. Third St., Ironton, and Andrew Hall, 58, of Catlettsburg, Ky. Their cases are pending in common pleas court.

Also this week, Maurice White, 33, of 605 S. 10th St., pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing official business.

Judge Frank McCown sentenced White to 12 months in prison but gave him credit for time served in jail, awaiting conclusion of his case.

In exchange for his guilty plea, two other charges against him — improperly handling a firearm in a vehicle and having a weapon while under a disability — were dropped.

Also, an Ashland, Ky., man was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to three counts of trafficking in crack cocaine.

Darshea Hord, 22, also will testify against his co-defendants in their trials, Collier Jr. said.

According to the terms of the plea agreement, Hord may receive release after serving 18 months of that sentence so that he may obtain six months of in-house drug rehabilitation.

Hord must surrender his driver’s license for two years and pay all costs associated with his case. He was given credit for time served in jail awaiting conclusion of his case.

A Coal Grove man accused of domestic violence pleaded guilty to the charge against him.

Robert Kalmbach, 38, of Pike Street, was ordered to serve four years community controlled sanctions and was ordered to stay away from the victim.

Walton ordered Kalmbach to successfully complete an alcohol treatment program and was given credit for time served, awaiting conclusion of his case. He also was ordered to pay all court costs.

Additionally this week, the sex crimes trial of a Coal Grove man was delayed nearly a month to allow his attorney, Warren Morford, additional time to prepare for it.

Michael Reaper, 31, of 235 Memorial St., is charged with one count each of felony sexual battery and felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The victim was a 13-year-old girl.