South Point man sent to prison on drug charges

Published 10:32 pm Saturday, August 29, 2009

A South Point man accused of drug peddling and a West Virginia man arrested for shoplifting a television were among those making appearances Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Robert D. Fox, 30, of 69 Township Road 1026, South Point, pleaded guilty to four counts of trafficking in crack cocaine and one count each of possession of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in powder cocaine, possession of powder cocaine and possession of criminal tools.

“In view of Mr. Fox’s criminal history, we’re recommending four years in prison, no agreement on judicial release, there are mandatory fines and a four year driver’s license suspension,” Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier, Jr., said. “There was money confiscated at the time of his arrest, $3,903.76 and we ask that it be forfeited to the drug task force.”

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Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced Fox to prison for 4 years and ordered him to report to authorities Sept. 1.

Fox’s wife, Letitia Fox, 28, of the same address, has already pleaded guilty to permitting drug abuse and is on probation. Both were arrested June 6 at their residence.

Also Wednesday, Ellis W. Fetty, 23, of Portsmouth, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of passing bad checks.

Bowling sentenced him to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered him to pay $2,512.66 restitution to Grandview Buildings.

Carlos Ferguson, 29, of Huntington, W.Va., pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

Bowling sentenced him to six months in prison but agreed if Ferguson stays of out trouble while he is incarcerated, he may be eligible for judicial release after three months. Ferguson was accused of stealing a television from Wal-Mart in Burlington.

Dianna Delawder, 43, of 1125 S. Eighth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in drugs. Bowling sentenced her to 17 months in prison.

Bret Dement, 20, of 262 Township Road 1234, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering. Bowling sentenced him to 12 months in prison.

Dement was arrested in connection with the break-ins at Subway and Monte’s Pizza in the Proctorville area. Both incidents took place May 18.

“This is a young man who made a series of bad decisions May 18,” Dement’s attorney, Mike Gleichauf said.