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Man gets eight months for theft

A man who stole money from his former employer was sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Jonathan Rayburn, of 1109 N. Second St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to a bill of information that includes one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony. By proceeding with a bill of information, Rayburn waived his right to have a grand jury decide if there was enough evidence for an indictment.

Cooper sentenced Rayburn to eight months in prison with credit for time served. He is also required to pay $600 in restitution to the victim.

“I am sorry for what I did and stuff like that,” he said, adding that he was trying to get money that was owed to him.

Cooper stipulated that Rayburn’s prison time will run concurrently with time he has to serve for charges in Jackson County.

Also during Common Pleas Court, Charles Brown, 24, of 130 Lane St., Coal Grove, was sentenced to four months in prison for violating the terms of his community-controlled sanctions.

Cooper also allowed Brown a furlough until Sept. 20, when he is to report to the Lawrence County Jail.

In other cases:

Michael Compton, 37, of 396 County Road 70, Lot 30, Proctorville, pleaded not guilty to a burglary charge.

Judge Charles Cooper set a pretrial hearing in the case for Sept. 15.

Craig A. Riggle, 36, of 547 County Road 128, Hanging Rock, pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual imposition and three counts of public indecency.

Judge Cooper set bond at $75,000 and set a pretrial hearing for Sept. 15.

Riggle’s alleged victims are all females under the age of 12.

Tammy K. Monnier, 42, 150 Township Road 111, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated drug trafficking.

Monnier was arrested following an investigation by the Lawrence County Drug /Major Crimes Task force, Prosecutor J.B. Collier said.

“We feel it should be a cash bond and we ask that it be $50,000,” Collier said.

Cooper set the bond at $50,000 or $100,000 property. A pretrial hearing has been set for Sept. 15.

James W. Keller, 26, of 929 State Route 775, Proctorville, pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary, theft of drugs, grand theft, complicity to grand theft of a motor vehicle, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cooper set bond at $75,000 cash and agreed to review the bond again at a Sept. 15 pretrial hearing.

Stephanie A. Ferguson, 20, of 2211 County Road 61, pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated drug trafficking.

Cooper set bond at $25,000 cash or $50,000 property. A pretrial hearing has been set for Sept. 15.

Rebekah Sawyers, 24, of 1701 Clements Drive, Apt. 121, Ashland, Ky., pleaded not guilty to burglary and grand theft of a motor vehicle. Cooper set bond at $75,000 and set a pretrial for Sept. 15.

Kelli Vickers, 30, of 412 S. Ninth St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated drug possession. Cooper set bond at $10,000.

Aaron K. Elswick, 22, of 2444 S. Sixth St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to a one-count bill of information that included breaking and entering and one count of theft. Elswick allegedly stole from the construction site of Fresenius Medical Care in Ironton.

Crystal D. Black, 21, of 1097 County Road 1, South Point, pleaded not guilty to burglary, theft of drugs, grand theft, possession of drugs, complicity to grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Kerrie Boggs, 43, of South Point, pleaded not guilty to aggravated possession of drugs.