Man pleads in train case

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 17, 2008

The second of three men accused in connection with a train shooting pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Urian Benicker, 24, 516 Hecla St., Ironton, to an amended count of using a weapon while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to six months in the Lawrence County Jail but suspended the sentence and put Benicker on three years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP).

Two other men were arrested with Benicker, Lowell Ratliff Jr., 26, 1486 County Road 21, Ironton, and Vincent Arthur, 24, of 1486 Phillips St., Ironton. Ratliff pleaded guilty to charges of improperly discharging a firearm and using a firearm while intoxicated. He also pleaded guilty to escape after he failed to turn himself into authorities following a brief furlough. Ratliff was sentenced to a total of two years in prison. Charges are pending against Arthur. In addition to charges of improperly discharging a firearm and using a firearm while intoxicated, he faces three counts of assault on a peace officer and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest because he got into a scuffle with a police officer when he was arrested.

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In late March, Ironton police were called to the Cliff Street apartments after a caller said men with guns were shooting at a passing train.

In another case, Scotty Bruce, 21, 204 Solida Road Apt. E, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. He was sentenced to four years CCS/ISP and must register as a tier 1 sexual offender.

Also Wednesday, Robert R. Davis, 33, of 386 Township Road 286, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to charges of attempt to commit burglary and theft of drugs, both felonies, and charges of theft and criminal damaging, both misdemeanors. Bowling sentenced him to a total of 5 years in prison. He was given credit for time served in jail awaiting resolution of his case.