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Man pleads guilty to probation violation

A Chesapeake man who violated his probation and a Kentucky woman who pleaded guilty to stealing a car were among those making appearances last week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Ted E. Arrington, Jr., 30, of 96 Private Drive 10948, County Road 1, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to violating his community controlled sanctions, or probation. He will be sent to the STAR Community Justice Center later this month to undergo a rehabilitation program.

Arrington told Judge Charles Cooper he is “willing and anxious” to go to STAR and get help for a substance abuse problem that has plagued him for a number of years.

“I love to get high, really, but I’m tired of the consequences. I’m 30 years old and if I don’t do something I’m going to end up dead,” Arrington said. “The last 14 years, all I’ve known is getting high. I need this to show me how to live without getting high.”

Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson said Arrington was on probation for an earlier grand theft by deception conviction. He violated his probation by not signing up for home electronic monitoring.

Crystal Plott, 20, of 1923 S. Fourth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of theft.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced her to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered her to complete a program at a community based correctional facility (CBCF). She must also make $250 restitution.

“She has no prior criminal record. This arose out of her addiction to drugs and impaired judgment resulting from it,” Plott’s attorney, Warren Morford, explained. “She is remorseful. She wants to give up her drug problem and return to gainful employment.”

Also Wednesday, Connie Christian, 30, of Ashland, Ky., pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of theft and one count of grand theft.

Bowling sentenced her to four years CCS/ISP.

She was arrested for stealing a car from Higgins Chevrolet. Because the car was returned, she will not have to pay restitution. As in the case of other people sentenced to probation, Christian was told she could be sent to prison if she violates the terms of her sanctions.

“She has a good opportunity here,” Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson said. “She has to comply with her community controlled sanctions and report regularly. Otherwise she could be looking at a 17-month sentence. We’re hoping she can get her life turned around and comply so we don’t have to impose that sentence.”

Christian told Bowling she was “very thankful” for the sentence she received.

Sherman Blankenship, 33, of 52 Township Road 300, Ironton, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempt to commit gross sexual imposition. Cooper sentenced him to four years CCS/ISP, 60 days in the Lawrence County Jail and ordered him to register as a sex offender. His victim was a boy under the age of 13.

Buddy A. Jenkins, 28, of 506 Marion Pike, Coal Grove, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count each of forgery, receiving stolen property and theft by deception. He will be sentenced this week.