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Indiana man gets four years for burglary

Burglary and drug cases were prominent on the docket in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court last week.

Roger Minor, 23, of Albany, Ind., was sentenced to four years in prison for a guilty plea to burglary charge. Judge D. Scott Bowling also ordered Minor to pay $22,500 in restitution to his victim, either alone or in conjunction with three co-defendants. Minor must report to authorities Dec. 15.

In another case, Steven Horsely, 27, of Ashland, Ky., pleaded guilty on a bill of information to deception to obtain a dangerous drug. Judge Charles Cooper sentenced him to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered him to successfully complete an outpatient drug rehabilitation program.

Horsely was accused of trying to illegally obtain oxycodone. He told Cooper he was sorry for what he had done.

“You won’t ever see me in here again,” Horsely said.

Cooper told Horsely he hoped he truly meant that. Cooper said 17 months in prison is being reserved in case Horsely fails to follow the terms on his probation.

Testing positive for drug use, failing to report regularly to his probation officer and getting into any more trouble while he is on probation could land him behind bars.

“You follow the community controlled sanctions and those 17 months will never be ordered against you,” Cooper said.

“Thank you,” Horsely told Cooper. “I can’t wait to get off drugs.”

Lucas Waddell, 32, of Franklin Furnace, pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception. Bowling sentenced him to 11 months in prison but gave him credit for time served in jail awaiting resolution of his case.

Isaac Mendoza, 24, of 1216 S. Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to one count of felonious assault.

Bowling sentenced him to two years in prison. Mendoza is accused of striking another man with a baseball bat earlier this year.