Emotions overflow in courtrooms

Published 10:39 am Friday, January 9, 2009

A woman who violated her probation by using drugs will go to prison for six months.

Kendra Carmon, 31, of 621 S. Eighth St., Ironton, admitted Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court she violated the terms of her community controlled sanctions.

“The original charge in 2006 was theft disrupting public service and complicity to theft,” Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson explained. “She was ordered to a CBCF (community based correctional facility) and she did complete it. But she has since relapsed to her drug addiction.

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“She recently had a child born at King’s Daughters Medical Center that was addicted to drugs. I feel she is not amenable to sanctions.” The baby is now in the care of Children’s Services, Anderson said.

Carmon’s attorney, Mike Davenport, asked Judge Charles Cooper to give the woman a week furlough to allow her to make some arrangements for the care of her other children. Carmon repeated that request when Cooper asked if she had anything to say. Her comments were mostly inaudible because she cried as she spoke.

Anderson said he was “adamantly opposed” to allowing Carmon to be out of jail before being sent to prison and Cooper agreed.

“I am more afraid you will re-offend if we put you out,” he said.

Carmon was one of a number of people making appearances Wednesday in common pleas court.

Frances Barker, 28, of 66 Township Road 510 North, pleaded guilty to charges of grand theft and burglary.

Cooper sentenced her 90 days in jail followed by five years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation, known commonly as probation. She must also make monthly restitution payments of $337 toward a total of $20,200.

Her victims were family members who were consulted about her sentence, Anderson said. This was a point repeated by Barker’s attorney, Philip Heald.

“I know Frances is very remorseful for what has happened and wants the court to know that as well,” Heald said.

Barker sobbed heavily when asked if she had anything to say. Much of what she said was inaudible.

“I know what I did was wrong,” she said at one point. “I tried to apologize and I tried to make it right before I was arrested. I just couldn’t come up with it fast enough.”

Also Wednesday, Randy L. White, 24, of 2107 County Road 171, Scottown, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to breaking and entering and theft.

He was accused of breaking into DJ’s Mini-Mart Sept. 4, 2008, and taking cigarettes, snuff, rolling papers and Pringles potato chips as well as cash, and other items. Cooper sentenced him to a total of six months in prison. His attorney, Mike Davenport, said he may seek early release if possible.

Michelle Harmon, 22, of 615 Monroe St., Ironton, had pleaded late last year to one count each of complicity to grand theft, forgery and theft.

Cooper sentenced her to a total of 17 months in prison but held open the possibility that she could be granted judicial release if she stays out of trouble while she is behind bars.

Cooper also ordered Harmon and her co-defendant, Josh Harmon, to pay $1,210 restitution to their victim, Bartram And Son grocery store. The case against Josh Harmon is pending.

“Am I getting ready to go to jail?” Harmon asked Cooper at one point during Wednesday’s proceedings.

“Yes, you are,” the judge replied.

“Can I give my mom a hug” Harmon said through tears. Cooper said some arrangement could be made for a brief visit.