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Kentucky man pleads to car theft

An Ashland, Ky., man who stole a car late last year pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced Michael Downs, 35, to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered him to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Downs must also pay his victim $176 in restitution for items he took from the vehicle that were missing when the vehicle was returned. Bowling reserved 17 months in prison if Downs fails to abide by the terms of his sentence.

“I am truly sorry for what I’ve done,” Downs told Bowling. … I look forward to rehab. I want to better myself and get out and be a father to me children.”

Bowling granted a brief furlough to allow Downs to provide for his family before being sent to STAR.

Downs told Bowling he has a five-day-old infant in the neonatal intensive care unit of a local hospital and a wife who has medical problems. Downs must pay a $20,000 own recognizance bond and must submit to electronic monitoring.

Also Wednesday, Brian L. Roadcap, 22, of 9024 State Route 775, Scottown, pleaded guilty to two charges, grand theft of a firearm and theft.

A second count of theft was dismissed. Bowling sentenced Roadcap to a total of three years in prison and ordered him to pay $300 to one victim and $250 to another.

Roadcap may be eligible for judicial release to STAR if he stays out of trouble while he is behind bars. Roadcap must report to authorities to be sent to prison June 13.

Jessyca Fleming, 34, of 2528 S. 10th St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to criminal non-support. Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson said Fleming owed nearly $21,000 for the care of three children and that the arrearage dated back to 2004.

Bowling sentenced Fleming to four years CCS/ISP and ordered her to successfully complete a program at STAR.