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Guilty pleas entered in CP court


An Ironton resident arrested in February for stabbing a Kentucky man pleaded guilty to an amended charge Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Scottie A. Jenkins, 30, of 603 N. Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He had been indicted on one count of felonious assault. Judge D. Scott Bowling scheduled sentencing for May 9 following a pre-sentence investigation.

Jenkins was arrested in late February and accused of stabbing Douglas Martin, 53, of Raceland, Ky., after an argument at the home of a mutual friend.

Also Wednesday, Tracy R. Hill, 38, of 165 Private Drive 5019, Proctorville, pleaded guilty on a bill of information to one count of theft. He was accused of stealing $7,830 in jewelry from a woman with whom he had a relationship.

“Mr. Hill has remorse for his actions,” Hill’s attorney, Warren Morford, said. “He regrets what he did. He has an addiction to pain pills. He has apologized to the court and to her (the victim) for violating the trust that existed between them.”

Bowling sentenced Hill to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) and ordered him to complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

Bowling also ordered Hill to pay $7,830 in restitution to his victim, perform 200 hours of community service and refrain from going near his victim.

Morford asked if Hill could be released on bond pending his June admission to STAR. Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson argued against the idea.

“He has admitted he has an addiction to pain pills. Part of the purpose of STAR is to help him beat that addiction,” Anderson said.

Hill said he didn’t think he would be tempted to get back on drugs and said he was sorry for what he had done. Bowling allowed him to post a $20,000 own recognizance (OR) bond and submit to electronically monitored home confinement until his admission to STAR.

By pleading guilty to the bill of information, Hill bypasses having his case heard by a grand jury or common pleas jury and admits guilt.

Christopher Conwell, 30, of 92 Township Road 1018, South Point, was arraigned on two counts of criminal non-support, one a felony and the other a misdemeanor.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Mike Gleichauf. Bowling set a $25,000 OR bond and scheduled a May 9 pretrial conference.

George L. Wicker, 57, of 119 N. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information charging him with grand theft, vandalism and breaking and entering.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Mike Gleichauf. Bowling allowed a $25,000 cash, surety or property bond set in Ironton Municipal Court to continue and added a $25,000 OR bond to it.

Wicker must return to court next week for a pretrial conference.