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Defendants enter guilty pleas in court

Guilty pleas were entered Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Dock Pippens, 2989 E. 11th Ave., Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree felony possession of drugs (oxycodone).

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced him to four years community control sanctions and suspended his driver’s license six months.

Gregory Riggs, 22, of 7685 State Route 243, South Point, admitted he violated his community control sanctions by testing positive for the use of marijuana and Ocycontin.

Riggs had pleaded guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and assault in July. He was given community control sanctions, also known as probation, and ordered to complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

He was free on bond pending his entry into STAR. During this time he was tested for drug use and tested positive.

Bowling added 100 additional hours to his 200 hours of community service he received when he pleaded guilty to the original charges and ordered him to stay in jail while waiting on his transfer to STAR.

Also Wednesday, Ronnie France, 34, of 1618 County Road 144, South Point, pleaded guilty to theft of a firearm.

Bowling sentenced him to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation and ordered him to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.