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Drugs, child endangerment focus in court

Drug charges, child endangerment and burglary were among the crimes discussed Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Kendra Sark Nance, 31, of 1505 Lawrence St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs last year. Since then, she has made strides at turning her life around and those changes were noted when Nance same to court Wednesday for her sentencing.

“The court is aware these are serious charges. Ms. Nance was given the opportunity to complete a rehabilitation program and she has done well. She got her G.E.D., and has continued counseling,” Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr., said.

Nance’s attorney, Chris Delawder, agreed.

“She has also earned numerous certificates and awards. She has a support group here, people from The Linda Center. She has no record. She is continuing in counseling and is anxious to get a job and start being a mother to her children,” Delawder said.

Nance thanked those who gave her a second chance and said she planned to enroll in college now that she completed her basic education.

“Getting a G.E.D. is the biggest thing I’ve ever accomplished,” Nance said.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced her to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation and suspended her driver’s license for six months. Nance must also attend Reformers Unanimous, a Christian counseling program for addicts.

Wilbur Stapleton, 23, of 1414 S. 10th St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property. Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to 10 months in prison.

Candy Robinson, 25, of 223 Township Road 1186, South Point, pleaded guilty to child endangerment and was sentenced to two years in prison with 18 months suspended. After she serves the remaining six months in jail, she will be placed on probation.

Richard L. Maze, 22, of Huntington, W.Va., bypassed a trial by pleading guilty at his arraignment to two counts of breaking and entering.

Cooper sentenced him to six months in prison that will run concurrently with a prison sentence he is already serving on other charges is West Virginia.

Christopher White, 19, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary. Cooper sentenced him to five years in prison.