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Probation violators given prison time

Probation violators were among those sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

David Workman, 28, of 210 Michael St., South Point, admitted he violated his probation by being caught in possession of guns during a federal criminal sweep earlier this month. He was on probation for an earlier domestic violence charge.

“This is a case where we have history from Mr. Workman. We have charges in ’06 and then in ’08,” Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Bob Anderson said.

“He is sorry for everything that occurred,” Workman’s attorney, Derick Fisher, said. “He understands what he did was wrong, albeit mainly stupid. He has learned.”

People on probation are prohibited from having weapons, a point made by Judge Charles Cooper just before he sentenced Workman to nine months in prison.

“When a person is on community control sanctions, we like to pay visits to the home (of probationers) and this is done generally after the 10 p.m., curfew. We don’t want them (probation officers) walking into a place where someone is armed,” Cooper said.

As part of his sentence, Workman must also forfeit those three guns.

Jeffrey Elswick, 22, of 1621 S. Fourth St., Ironton, admitted he violated his probation by failing to report to his probation officer on a regular basis. Authorities said he stopped reporting in February 2009. Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to six months in prison.

Matthew Napier, 31, of 1267 Township Road 278N, Chesapeake, admitted he violated his probation by failing to report to his probation officer and getting arrested on new charges.

Bowling sentenced Napier to 16 months in prison.