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Drug trafficker sentenced to four years in prison

One of more than 20 people arrested in a drug sweep pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Linda Rosebrough, 59, of 2506 S. Fourth St., Ironton, had been charged with five counts of complicity to trafficking in drugs and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced her to four years in prison and suspended her driver’s license for two years.

“Maybe all of this saved my life and maybe probation will, too.” Rosebrough told Cooper.

Also Wednesday, Jacob Hankins, 21, of 802 Pike St., Coal Grove, admitted he violated his probation by failing to report to his probation officer. Cooper sentenced him to one year in prison and ordered him to pay a $1,250 fine.

Hankins’ attorney, Warren Morford, told Cooper that although Hankins has made mistakes he is also doing some things right: Hankins completed a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center and is enrolled in college.

“He’d like to get this matter put behind him and get on with his education and his life,” Morford said.

In another case, Aaron Pemberton Jr., 35, of 85 Private Drive 268, South Point, admitted he violated his probation when he was arrested on a shoplifting charge in Boyd County, Ky. Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Jeff Smith told Judge D. Scott

Bowling this is the second time Pemberton had violated his probation. He said Pemberton has also failed to pay restitution from an earlier court case. Bowling sentenced him to 7 months in prison.