Man gets four years for vehicular assault

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 29, 2007

A man who tried to run over another man with a car was among those making recent appearances in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Richard Johnson, 35, of Hamilton, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count each of aggravated vehicular assault, grand theft, driving without a license and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Judge Richard Walton sentenced Johnson to a total of four years in prison and suspended his driver’s license for a year.

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Johnson must also pay a $1,000 fine. He was given credit for time served in jail awaiting resolution of his case.

Authorities said Johnson tried to run over a man riding a motorcycle.

Also Wednesday, Charles Holley, 32, of 75 Township Road 1039, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a seven-count drug indictment.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Holley to four years in prison and fined him $24,000. Additionally, Holley must forfeit two vehicles and $3,000 cash.

Holley apologized for his crimes and said he would not repeat his mistakes.

“I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” Holley told the court. “I just got in with the wrong people, the wrong crowd.”

In another case, Linda Vanhoose, 49, of River, Ky., pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of theft from the elderly.

Cooper sentenced her to four years probation and ordered her to undergo substance abuse treatment.

She must also make $2,250 restitution to her victim. Her attorney, Philip Heald, said Vanhoose was more than willing to comply with the court’s orders.

“She has already made restitution. Mrs. Vanhoose has enrolled, prior to all this happening, in the Mountain Comprehensive Care. I have no worries about her being able to comply with that,” he said. “The incident for which she is here today is extremely embarrassing and it is painful for her to be before the court today.”

Also Wednesday, Enid McIntyre, 41, address unknown, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to complicity to burglary.

She will be sentenced at a later date.