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Two put on probation after theft plea

Two men who tried to steal an I-beam from a South Point business were among those entering guilt pleas Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Dannie K. Martin, 36, of Huntington, W.Va., and Oscar Cremeans, 38, of 807 First St., Chesapeake, each pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced each of them to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and 60 days electronically monitored home confinement.

The I-beam was returned to Engines, Inc., therefore no restitution was ordered.

“My client is 36 years old. He has no criminal record,” attorney Chris Delawder said of Martin. “He has a couple of kids he takes care of. I don’t think he’ll be a problem in the future.”

His sentiment was echoed by attorney Mike Gleichauf, who represented Cremeans.

“Mr. Cremeans has never been in trouble before, he has no criminal record. What he is truly guilty of is hanging around with the wrong people.”

Two others also involved in the theft, James Cassidy, 27, and John Cassidy, 40, both of 202 Anna Clinton St., South Point, pleaded guilty to their part in the crime earlier this month and were each sentenced to CCS/ISP and ordered to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Also Wednesday, Reva Whaley, 38, of 7196 State Route 243, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count of theft from the elderly. Bowling ordered her to serve four years CCS/ISP and pay $4,760 to her victim.