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Marlow robber gets nine years

A Kentucky man who held up an Ironton bar bellied up to a different type of bar Tuesday and pleaded guilty to the charges in connection with the incident.

David W. Farris, 51, of Flatwoods, Ky., pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery and two counts of felonious assault in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. Judge Charles Cooper sentenced him to nine years in prison.

On Oct. 23, a bartender and patrons at the Marlow Grill on South Third Street told authorities Farris came into the bar, robbed it and assaulted the bartender and a patron. People at the bar recognized Farris, who was arrested at his home a short time later.

On Wednesday, Sparkle Benicker, 27, of 608 N. Sixth St., Ironton, admitted she violated her probation when she was discharged from the STAR Community Justice Center before successfully completing the program there. She was on probation for a theft conviction. Benicker also pleaded guilty to assaulting a family member in a separate incident. Cooper sentenced her to a year in prison.

In another matter, Candy Robinson, 25, of 223 Township Road 1186, South Point, pleaded guilty to endangering children. She will be sentenced next month.

Gerald Brown, 50, of Swanton, admitted he violated his probation by not reporting to his probation officer on a regular basis and by not paying court costs as directed. Cooper sentenced him to six months in prison. Brown was on probation for a felony DUI conviction.