Women sentenced for bank break-in

Published 11:26 am Thursday, October 9, 2008

Two women who pleaded guilty to breaking into a local bank were sentenced Wednesday in connection with the crime.

Tia Moore, 26, of 82 Private Drive 2780, Ironton, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to theft and an amended charge of vandalism in connection with the September break-in at National City Bank in Ironton. Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced her to a total of six months in prison and ordered her to pay $150 restitution to the bank.

Christina Emery, 26, of Ashland, Ky., had pleaded guilty late last month to the same charges in connection with that crime. She was also sentenced to a total of six months in prison but was ordered to pay $500 restitution to the bank.

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In other matters, Chania Brown, 25, of 1001 S. 10th St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in crack cocaine and one count of trafficking in powder cocaine. She was sentenced to a total of four years in prison and fined her $12,500.

Judge Charles Cooper ordered Brown to surrender her driver’s licenses for 18 months as well. Brown is allowed to serve this sentence concurrently with any sentence she receives for crimes in Scioto County.

Chris Allen Martin, 47, of 1524 S. Fourth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to four counts of complicity to trafficking in marijuana. Cooper sentenced him to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP).

Cletis Ray Collins, 31. of Franklin Furnace, admitted Wednesday he violated the terms of his CCS/ISP when he failed to report to his probation officer as scheduled. Cooper sentenced him to nine months in prison. Collins was put on probation after he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.

Gene Cox, 39, of 4216 State Route 93, Pedro, admitted he violated his probation when he did not successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center. Bowling sentenced him to six months in prison. Cox was sent to STAR and put on probation for an earlier drug conviction.

Brad Jones, 32, of Portsmouth, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of theft. He must also make $1,200 in restitution to his victim.