Men plead to metal theft, car theft

Published 9:25 am Thursday, January 5, 2012

A South Point man who stole metal from a Proctorville business was among those pleading guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Chadwick Workman, 20, of 50 Township Road 1512, admitted to Judge D. Scott Bowling he took copper, aluminum and other metals from Superior Marina in September. Bowling sentenced him to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered him to pay $1,000 restitution.

“I’ve been trying to straighten my life up,” Workman told Bowling. “I’m going to get me GED (general equivalency diploma), I’m trying to find a job.” His attorney, Philip Heald said Workman’s uncle, a coal miner, is willing to help Workman find a job.

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The case against Workman’s alleged cohort, Matthew Baker, 29, of 8015 County Road 1, South Point, is pending in common pleas court.

Also Wednesday, Johnny R. Carter, 29, of 11183 County Road 1, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of a motor vehicle and one count of attempt to commit grand theft. Bowling sentenced Carter to four years CCS/ISP and pay $1,000 restitution to his victim.

Michael S. Johnson, 52, of 8427 State Route 243, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count of illegal cultivation of marijuana. Bowling sentenced him to six months of electronically monitored home confinement and four years CCS/ISP.

“I’m sorry I put everybody through this aggravation,” Johnson said.

Christopher L. Ferris, 29, of 158 Township Road 1049, Ironton, admitted he violated his probation, or community control sanctions, when he tested positive for drugs, did not complete drug and alcohol counseling and did not report to his probation officer as he was required to do.

“There’s no denying he has a drug problem,” Ferris’ attorney, Warren Morford, told Bowling. He argued Ferris needed help and rehabilitation. Bowling sentenced Ferris to nine months in prison.