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Probation violators sentenced to prison

Typically, people found guilty of violating probation come to court and plead for punishment that does not include prison. But Wednesday an Ironton man told Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge D. Scott Bowling if he was being sent to the big house he was ready to go.

Randall Hubert, 29, of 721 Chestnut St., admitted he violated his community control sanctions, also known as probation, by failing to report to his probation officer.

People on probation are required to make regular, scheduled visits to the Lawrence County Adult Probation Agency. Hubert did not do so.

This most recent incident was the second time he had violated his probation.

Hubert was on probation for an assault conviction. Bowling sentenced him to two and a half years in prison.

At first, Hubert called the prison possibility “mixed up” and said while he admitted there were times when he didn’t report, there were times when he did. He told Bowling he had had some mental health problems but was getting help for them.

When Bowling advised there are treatment programs for prison inmates and handed down his sentence, Hubert replied by saying, “I’m anxious to get started on Cell Block D.”

Other probation violators made court appearances Wednesday as well.

Leonard E. Vaughn, 39, of Lexington, Ky., admitted he violated his community control sanctions by not reporting to his probation officer and by being convicted of drug and DUI charges in Boyd County, Ky.

Vaughn was on probation for an earlier conviction on drug and DUI charges. Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Vaughn to 12 months in prison.

Dakota Neff, 22, of 374 Township Road 105, Chesapeake, admitted he violated his probation by not reporting to his probation officer and getting into trouble in Clinton County.

Neff was on probation after he pleaded guilty to charges of assault on a peace officer and failure to comply with the order and signal of a police officer. Cooper will sentence Neff this week.

Jeremy S. Lewis, 31, of 148 Township Road 606, Ironton, pleaded guilty to a two-count drug indictment.

Bowling sentenced him to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered Lewis to complete successfully a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center. Lewis must also pay a $150 fine.

Several people indicted late last month by a Lawrence County grand jury. Joshua O. Mathews, 27, of Charleston, W.Va., was arraigned on charges of assault on a peace officer and failure to comply with the order and signal of a police officer.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Philip Heald. Bowling set a $50,000 cash or surety bond and scheduled a May 19 pretrial conference.

Robert E. Moore, 34, of Oak Hill, was arraigned on charges of having a weapon under a disability, grand theft and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Warren Morford. Bowling set a $50,000 cash bond plus a $50,000 own recognizance (OR) bond and ordered Moore to return to court May 19 for a pretrial conference.

Joshua A. Johnson, 22, of Huntington, W.Va., was arraigned on one count of complicity to burglary. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Mike Gleichauf. Cooper set a $50,000 cash bail and scheduled a pretrial conference for this week.

Craig A. Castle, 20, of 815 S. Ninth St., Ironton, was arraigned on five counts of burglary. He pleaded not guilty through Gleichauf, who is also his attorney.

“Mr. Castle is charged with a string of burglaries,” Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier, Jr., pointed out in asking for a $250,000 bond if he is facing a potential 40 years in prison. The state feels it has a compelling case against Mr. Castle.”

But Gleichauf countered that Castle is young and is a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He asked for a lower cash bond, possibly coupled with electronically monitored home confinement.

“When he found out about these allegations, he turned himself in to the sheriff’s office,” Gleichauf said. “He has cooperated fully in this matter.”

Cooper set bond at $250,000 cash and ordered Castle to return to court this week for a pretrial conference.

John W. Bays, 35, of 404 ½ S. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on one count of burglary. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Warren Morford. Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash and scheduled a pretrial conference for this week.

William B. Varney, 35, of Ashland, Ky., was arraigned on one count of felonious assault. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Mike Gleichauf. Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash and scheduled a pretrial conference for this week.