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Man gets four years for drug charge

A 20-year-old South Point man will serve four years in prison for drug-related charges.

Jessie Devaney, 20, of 202 Park Ave. Apt. 2, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count of complicity to aggravated drug trafficking.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Devaney to four years in prison and ordered him to pay a $5,000 mandatory fine and have his license suspended for one year.

Devaney’s attorney, Warren Morford, said his client’s drug problems started after he was involved in a motorcycle accident. When the prescribed pain medication did not help, he turned to street drugs, Morford said.

“He was doing what he was doing to support his habit,” Morford said. “He again is only 20 years old and finds himself swimming with the sharks.”

Also in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Wednesday:

James E. Cooper, 32, of 63 Private Drive 2190 Proctorville, pleaded guilty to a bill of information that contained one count of theft from the elderly.

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

Mark Massie Jr., 22, of 2736 County Road 210 Waterloo, pleaded not guilty to one count of receiving stolen property. A pretrial hearing has been set for Sept. 1.

Shannon Lewis, 28, of 912 County Road 119 in Ironton, was arraigned on one count of aggravated drug possession. Lewis pleaded not guilty to the charge. A pretrial hearing has been set for Sept. 1.

Mark L. Mobley, 44, of 26 Township Road 1377 in South Point pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated drug possession. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 25.

Chase L. Lewis, 25, of 5350 County Road 15 in South Point, pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Nicole Bailey, 25, of 25 Private Drive 144 in South Point, pleaded not guilty to endangering children and complicity to theft.

A pretrial hearing has been set for August 25 in the matter.

Brian Swed, 24, of 265 Township Road 155E in Pedro, was sentenced to complete the relapse program at STAR because he violated the terms of his community-controlled sanctions.

Megan Delawder, 21, of 2702 South 11th St., admitted to violating the terms of her community-controlled sanctions and was sentenced to 12 months in prison with credit for time served.

Danny J. Martin, 55, of 56 Township Road 1101 in South Point, entered an admittance that he violated the terms of his community-controlled sanctions.

Martin was sentenced to two years in prison.

Judge Cooper issued a bench warrant for Calvin D. Sexton, whose last known address is 602 Lane Street in Coal Grove. Sexton failed to show up for court Wednesday.