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Judge adds to South Point man’s bond

Judges don’t like it when defendants don’t show up for court hearings, a South Point man learned the hard way Wednesday.

George Yancey, 25, whose last known address is 207 Third St. E., was in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court for a bond review and modification.

Yancey was indicted late last year on a felonious assault charge. At the time of his arraignment he was given a $50,000 own recognizance (OR) bond and told to return to court Jan. 5 for a pretrial conference.

When he didn’t show up, Judge D. Scott Bowling issued a bench warrant directing law enforcement to find him and take him to jail. Yancey was located June 26 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and taken to the Lawrence County Jail.

Yancey’s attorney, Warren Morford, said the reason his client had failed to appear for pretrial conferences in Lawrence County was because he was in jail in West Virginia on other charges.

Bowling added a $50,000 cash bond to Yancey’s $50,000 OR bond and scheduled a new pretrial conference for July 20.

Also Wednesday, Ihley Chambers, 30, of 1111 S. Seventh St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking in marijuana, possession of criminal tools (weight scales) and possession of drugs (hydrocodone).

Bowling sentenced Chambers 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. Chambers must also pay a $1,250 fine and surrender his driver’s license six months.

His co-defendant, Stephanie Wright, 26, of the same address, pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking in marijuana and possession of criminal tools. Bowling sentenced her to four years CCS/ISP, fined her $1,250 and revoked her driver’s license six months. Her sentence was somewhat lighter than Chambers, “because of her lack of a prior criminal record and her relatively modest involvement (in the crimes),” Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Jeff Smith explained.

Michael B. Webb, 30, of 96 Private Drive 196, Township Road 111, Ironton, admitted he violated his community control sanctions when he failed to report to his probation officer as he was required to do. His last report date was Nov. 12, 2010. Bowling sentenced Webb to six months in prison.

Albert Jenkins, 19, of 620 Lawrence St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in marijuana. Bowling sentenced him to four years CCS/ISP and ordered him to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

“Mr. Jenkins has no prior criminal record. He is a very young man and he admits to his culpability,” Jenkins’ attorney, Warren Morford, told Bowling.

Jason M. Parsons, 28, of Palm Coast, Fla., pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated possession of drugs (oxycodone). In exchange for pleading guilty to a felony charge, one misdemeanor count of drug possession was dismissed.

Bowling sentenced Parsons to four years CCS/ISP and ordered him to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center. Parsons must also pay a $1,250 fine and surrender his driver’s license for six months.

Paul E. McMackin, 51, of 201 Compliment St., Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drugs. The charge had initially been a felony but was reduced when McMackin pleaded guilty. His co-defendant, James M. Sharp, 41, of 10092 State Route 243, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to the same charge and received the same sentence.