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Probation violators, others sentenced to prison

Drugs, burglary and probation violation were chief among the issues addressed Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Brittany Spry, 33, of 214 C Township Road 430, South Point, pleaded guilty to a four-count drug indictment.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced her to a total of three years in prison, fined her $7,500 and suspended her driver’s license for a year.

With good behavior, she may be eligible for judicial release after 6 months if she is accepted at a community based correctional facility and serves four years probation.

Also Wednesday, Steven Triplett, 31, of 9669 State Route 141, Kitts Hill, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. Judge Charles Cooper sentenced him to a total of eight years in prison.

Three people avoided having their cases heard by a grand jury and a common pleas court trial by pleading guilty on bills of information.

In this way, they bypassed much of the judicial process, admitted their guilty and accepted their with punishment.

Alexandria Hammond, of 404 ½ S. Fourth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of attempt to commit burglary.

Bowling sentenced her to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered her to complete a six-month treatment program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Heather Crigger, 29, of Huntington, W.Va., pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of possession of drugs.

Bowling sentenced her to four years CCS/ISP and ordered her to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Edward R. Hampton, 31, of 83 Private Drive 867, Ironton, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to theft and assault charges.

Bowling sentenced him to four years CCS/ISP and ordered him to complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Also, Raymond Brown, of 713 Mill St., Ironton, was found guilty of violating his probation, or community control sanctions, during a trial Wednesday. He was on probation for an earlier drug conviction.

Adult Probation Officer Lynne Stewart told Cooper Brown was discharged from the STAR Community Justice Center for failing to follow the rules.

Cooper sentenced Brown to 17 months in prison, a sentence recommended by Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr., who noted Brown has a prior conviction on his record and had tested the court’s authority.

Brown countered by telling Cooper he was not out stealing to support his habit.

Brown said he felt out of place at STAR because of his age — he is 50 years old — and found the structure at STAR “too intense.”

He said he wants to get help for his drug problem but did not think he would find that help in prison.

“Seventeen months is a long time to go to prison for $90 worth of drugs,” Brown said.

Brown also said if he went to prison for more than 12 months he would lose his supplemental social security (SSI) check.

James Willis, 23, of 2012 S. Third St., Ironton, admitted he violated his probation when he failed to pay court costs, failed to pay his monthly probation supervisory fee and tried to buy a gun — people on probation are prohibited from having a gun.

Bowling sentenced him to nine years in prison. Willis was on probation for an earlier breaking and entering conviction.

Tammy R. Howell, 37, of 218 ½ S. Fourth St., Ironton, admitted she violated her probation by testing positive for drug use and getting arrested on new charges. Bowling sentenced her to two years in prison.

“I’m sorry for letting you down, Mr. Bowling, your honor,” Howell told Bowling.

Howell was on probation for conviction on assault and tampering with evidence charges.