Man gets four years for burglary

Published 10:22 am Thursday, September 22, 2011

An Ironton man will serve four years in prison for second-degree burglary.

Seth Coleman, 18, of 918 Adams St., pleaded guilty to the charge Wednesday in front of Judge Charles Cooper in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

The charge stems from an incident that happened in the 700 block of Washington Street in May. According to a police report, Coleman knocked on the door of a 95-year-old woman’s home around 8 p.m. and, when she opened it, pushed past her and into the apartment. He asked for money, then took one of two $1 bills from her kitchen table.

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Coleman made no statement Wednesday besides telling his mother that he loves her.

Cooper granted a courtroom visitation for Coleman and his family.

In other cases:

Tammy Lowe, 39, of 31600 Route 23, Catlettsburg, Ky., pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs. Cooper sentenced Lowe to four years in prison.

Brian Ferguson, 26, of 214 Pearl St., Ironton, pleaded not guilty to two counts of breaking and entering. Ferguson allegedly broke into the Shamrock Carryout and the West Ironton Elementary building.

Johnny Lewis, 28, of 6351 County Road 12, Proctorville, changed his plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity.

Lewis will undergo a competency evaluation, the judge ruled. Lewis is charged with resisting arrest, breaking and entering and two counts of receiving stolen property.

Cooper modified bond for Shawn Morrison, 18, of 414 County Road 54, Kitts Hill, after a probation officer said he tested positive for oxycontin.

The man did not have a prescription for the drug, said Lynn Stewart, a probation officer.

Morrison’s property bond was doubled from $200,000 to $400,000. Morrison is charged with robbery and tampering with evidence. A pretrial hearing is set for Oct. 5.

Shannon Lee Lewis, 29, of 912 County Road 119, Ironton, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree drug possession, misdemeanor drug possession and misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments.

Cooper sentenced Lewis to a total of one year in prison. The sentence will run concurrently with a six-month prison sentence that Judge Scott Bowling imposed because of a violation of Lewis’s community-control sanctions.