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Court no-show lands 17-month prison sentence

A Proctorville woman who was a no-show at a Feb. 3 court hearing settled the question of bond revocation by pleading guilty to the charges against her Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Tienna L. Locey, 34, of 245 Township Road 1135, pleaded guilty to two counts of complicity to grand theft.

This came during a pretrial conference in which Lawrence County Prosecutor J. B. Collier Jr., sought to have Locey’s bond revoked because she had failed to show up for a Feb. 3 pretrial conference.

At that time, Judge D. Scott Bowling ordered a bench warrant and Locey was picked up on that warrant shortly thereafter.

Locey contended Wednesday she did not get a notice in the mail informing her of the pretrial conference.

Her attorney, Mike Gleichauf, said while she was not sent a letter she was told at a previous pretrial conference to return Feb. 3. Locey also at first contended she was not guilty of what she was accused of doing.

“I don’t think it’s fair to charge me with these crimes when I didn’t take that stuff,” Locey said.

“That’s what trials are for,” Bowling replied.

Locey later changed her plea from not guilty to guilty. Bowling sentenced her to 17 months in prison.

With good behavior, she may be released in six months if she is accepted into a rehabilitation program at a community based correctional facility, something Gleichauf said will be helpful.

“She has indicated she has a substance abuse problem,” Gleichauf said. “I think that’s what may have led her down this path. I think it could help her and help her children once she is out (of prison).”

Bowling also ordered her to pay $1,200 restitution.

Also Wednesday, Josh Harmon, 26, of 615 Monroe St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to one count of theft and to probation violation.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced him to four years community control sanctions and ordered him to undergo substance abuse therapy at a Lexington, Ky., veteran’s center.