Ironton woman pleads guilty to drug charges

Published 10:01 am Monday, September 28, 2009

With her young daughter swinging her legs and wiggling in the seat behind her, a young mother pleaded guilty to drug charges Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

April Mize, of 515 S. Ninth St., Ironton, told Judge Charles Cooper she was guilty of three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of trafficking in powder cocaine. Her guilty plea preempts a trial that was set for Oct. 1 and 2.

“She’s been in the penitentiary before on similar charges,” Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier, Jr., told Cooper.

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Mize and her attorney, Chris Delawder, asked for 30-60-day furlough before Mize is sent to prison, so she can make arrangements for personal matters.

Cooper sentenced Mize to four years in prison and ordered her to report Oct. 28.

Also Wednesday, Michael Wood, 27, of 4261 State Route 243, Ironton, pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of theft and one count of attempt to commit burglary, a charge that had been amended from the original count of burglary.

Cooper sentenced Wood to a total of three years in prison and ordered him to pay $1,415 restitution.

“He got himself in a situation where he became addicted to prescription medication and that’s really at the root of his problem,” Wood’s attorney, Chris Delawder explained. “Hopefully while he is in jail he can overcome it. He hopes to get this put behind him.”

Wood told Cooper he apologized “to all the people who were affected” and said he hoped to get his drug problem under control.

In another case, Dustin Phelps, 23, of 114 Freeman Court, South Point, pleaded to one count of forgery.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to four years community control sanctions plus four months electronically monitored home confinement and ordered him to pay $300 restitution.

Stephanie Mobley, 22, of 1029 Township Road 309, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a six-count indictment alleging burglary, tampering with evidence and four counts of theft from the elderly.

She pleaded not guilty through her attorney, Randall Lambert.

Bowling ordered a $50,000 cash or surety bond or a $100,000 property bond plus a $50,000 own recognizance bond along with electronically monitored home confinement.

David Lynd, 30, of 2409 S. Eighth St., Ironton, admitted Wednesday he violated his probation by twice testing positive for drug use.

“I think if he can get over his drug problem he can be a productive member of society. He has some good traits,” Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson told Bowling.

“He does have a drug problem that is spiraling out of control,” Lynd’s attorney, Warren Morford agreed. “He says he wants help. I hope he understands this is his last chance and if he appears here on drug charges again he will go to prison.”

Bowling sentenced Lynd to 90 days electronically monitored home confinement and ordered him to seek treatment both at Family Guidance Center and at the Reformer’s Unanimous chapter at Franklin Furnace Independent Baptist Church.

Lynd was on probation for an earlier breaking and entering conviction.

Michael Ray Arnold Jr., 24, of 110 Hillview Lane, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count of theft that had been amended from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Bowling sentenced him to six months in jail plus two years of probation. Five months of the six-month sentence was suspended.