‘Stupid mistake’ part of court cases

Published 11:00 pm Saturday, January 24, 2009

A “stupid mistake” will send an Ironton man to prison for four years.

Samuel Lee Alexander, 41, of 2525 S. Third St., was sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court to a three-count drug indictment.

In addition to the prison time, Judge D. Scott Bowling also fined Alexander $15,000.

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“My client led a law-abiding life for a substantial period of time,” Alexander’s attorney, Warren Morford said. “This case arose when he stupidly agreed to go to a pain clinic in Florida and brought back drugs with a co-defendant. I think he has learned his lesson. He has expressed remorse to me and I don’t think you will see him in here again.”

When asked if he had anything to say, Alexander replied, “It was pretty stupid. That’s about it, sir.”

Also Wednesday, Jamie M. Brown, 30, of 2004 S. Seventh St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of drugs. Bowling sentenced her to four years community controlled sanctions.

Crystal Willis, 26, of 2012 S. Third St., Ironton, admitted she violated her probation, or community controlled sanctions, by testing positive for drug use and getting into more trouble and having new charges filed against her.

In exchange for her admission to the probation violation, the new charges were dismissed. Judge Charles Cooper sentenced her to 12 months in prison.

Buddy Hardy, 25, of 421 Rockwood Ave., Chesapeake, admitted he violated his probation. Bowling sentenced him to 15 days in jail followed by 90 days of electronically monitored home confinement. Hardy will remain on probation afterward and must undergo drug counseling.

Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson said Hardy was sent to prison several years ago for felonious assault and aggravated burglary convictions. He was granted judicial release but violated his probation by testing positive for marijuana and cocaine use.

Dwayne McDonald, 24, of 22 Township Road 1042, Chesapeake, admitted he violated his probation as well by testing positive for cocaine and marijuana use and by failing to report to his probation officer.

Bowling sentenced him to 18 months in prison. McDonald was on probation for theft and burglary convictions.

Ronnie France, 30, of 1618 County Road 144, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count of theft. In exchange for his guilty plea, one count of breaking and entering was dismissed.

Bowling sentenced him to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation.