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Coal Grove man found guilty after one-day trial

 

A Coal Grove man may not have acted alone in his crime, but he will be sent off to prison alone.

The one-day trial of a man accused of receiving stolen property, a 1997 Dodge truck, resulted in a guilty verdict Monday.

William Bryant, 30, of 61 Pike St., was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. The sentence will run concurrently with a probation violation sentence.

Judge D. Scott Bowling told Bryant the jury agreed he wasn’t the only party involved. Bowling also told the man there was little chance anyone else would be indicted in the case.

“Everyday, officers and prosecutors are faced with decisions on what to proceed against,” Bowling said. “… All I can do is administer justice as it applies to you.”

Bowling also noted Bryant had an arrest record that “goes on and on” but he would consider a judicial release after 18 months if he applies for it, but only if he has good behavior while in prison.

“I’d like for you to demonstrate a higher level of a law abiding life than you have,” Bowling told Bryant.

Bryant was represented by attorney John Kehoe.

In other cases:

• Robert Williams, III, 54, of 2004 S. Sixth St., Ironton, was arraigned on one count each of third-degree tampering with evidence, fifth-degree possession of cocaine and misdemeanor failure to comply to order or signal of police officer.

Williams pleaded not guilty through his attorney Warren Morford.

Bowling set bond at $50,000 OR and $50,000 property.

• Paul Brown, 36, of 92 Township Road 1018, South Point, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted intimidation. A count of open burning or dumping was dropped.

Bowling sentenced Brown to four years community-controlled sanctions with intensive supervised probation, 200 hours of community service and ordered him to pay court costs.

Brown was represented by attorney David Reid Dillon.

• Donald Rice, 42, of 902 Gary Malone St. Lot 14, South Point, was arraigned on a bill of information of fourth-degree domestic violence.

Rice pleaded guilty through his attorney John Kehoe.

Bowling sentenced Rice to four years CCS/ISP, 200 hours community service, ordered him to complete alcohol treatment counseling and ordered him to pay court costs. Rice was also ordered to stay away from his victim.

• Scott Christian, 32, of 662 State Route 650, Ironton, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree breaking and entering.

Christian pleaded not guilty through attorney Derrick Fisher, who was filling in for attorney Mike Gleichauf.

Bowling set bond at $20,000 OR with GPS monitor and scheduled a pretrial for July 11.

• Keith Johnson, 48, of 1107 S. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on a third- and fourth-degree count of trafficking in cocaine.

Johnson pleaded not guilty through his attorney J.T. Holt.

Bowling set bond at $25,000 and scheduled a pretrial for July 18.

• Stephanie Risner, 20, of 76 Private Drive 3 Apt. 6, Chesapeake, was arraigned on one count of second-degree burglary.

Risner pleaded not guilty through her attorney John Kehoe.

Bowling set bond at $20,000 property and a GPS monitor and scheduled at pretrial for July 11.

• Bryan Keith Layne, 34, of 1474 Gallia Pike Haverhill, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree possession of cocaine.

Layne pleaded not guilty through his attorney Warren Morford.

Bowling set bond at $20,000 OR and scheduled a pretrial for July 18.