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Man gets 10 years for burglaries

An Ironton man will spend 10 years in prison for burglary.

Craig Castle, 21, of 815 S. Ninth St. in Ironton, pleaded guilty Friday to the five counts of burglary charges.

Castle had originally turned down a plea bargain in Judge Charles Cooper’s courtroom of Lawrence County Common Pleas Court July 14.

He was scheduled for a trial today and Friday. Cooper said Wednesday that Castle changed his mind last week and pleaded guilty to the charges.

Also in Common Pleas Court Wednesday, Aaron Martin, 34, of 218 S. Seventh St. in Ironton denied charges that he violated the terms of his community-controlled sanctions. Judge Scott Bowling set a CCS violation trial for Aug. 4.

James Brewer, 22, of Ashland, Ky. pleaded guilty to a four-count bill of information that included three counts of forgery and one county of theft, all of which are felonies.

“I regret what I done,” Brewer told the court.

Judge Bowling sentenced Brewer to four years of community-controlled sanctions and ordered him to successfully complete the STAR community justice program.

Bowling told Brewer to take advantage of the opportunity of STAR and improve himself.

Brewer was released on a $50,000 bond and ordered to report to the Lawrence County Jail Aug. 7 to begin the admission process for STAR.

Christopher Myers, of 98 County Road 104 in Chesapeake, denied violating the terms of his community-controlled sanctions by failing to complete the STAR program.

Myers will go to trial for the violation July 28.