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Guilty pleas entered in forgery, drug cases

Drug and forgery charges were among the issues that brought people to Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Monday.

Okey Newsome, 51, of Wellington, pleaded guilty to charges in two separate cases, a forgery charge from 2009 and failure to appear from a second case.

Bowling sentenced him to a total of 20 months in prison. This sentence will run consecutively with a 4-40 month sentence he received in West Virginia on a forgery conviction there.

“I apologize to the state of Ohio for my actions,” Newsome said. “I was on drugs and everything. I admit my guilt. I was wrong, you know, I’m guilty of what I done and I’m going to take my punishment.”

Jesse D. Lyons, 19, of 124 Township Road 145, Ironton, pleaded guilty to a three-count drug indictment and to violating his probation, also known as community control sanctions. Authorities said Lyons violated his probation by testing positive for drug use and getting indicted on the new charges.

Bowling sentenced him to a total of four years in prison and fined him $15,000 plus court costs. Lyons was placed on probation after he pleaded guilty last year to charges of aggravated possession of drugs, endangering children, and possession of drug instruments.

Michelle Bleigh, 33, of Huntington, W.Va., pleaded guilty to illegal processing on drug documents.

Bowling sentenced her to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and suspended her driver’s license six months. Bleigh was accused of forging a prescription.

Jeffrey Lutz, 36, of 1464 Back Road, Franklin Furnace, pleaded guilty to three counts of fourth-degree aggravated trafficking in drugs. Bowling sentenced Lutz to a total of 24 months in prison.