Coal Grove man faces 10 years for aggravated burglary

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Coal Grove man claimed incompetency Wednesday on allegations that he broke into a relative’s home.

Michael Childers, 30, of 119 Memorial St., was arraigned on charges of first-degree aggravated burglary and misdemeanor aggravated menacing in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. Childers pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity through attorney Scott Evans.

Retired Judge W. Richard Walton, is sitting by appointment for Judge Scott Bowling, set bond at $200,000 cash or surety and ordered that a pretrial be set after a mental evaluation is returned.

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The maximum sentence for a count of first-degree aggravated burglary is 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

In other cases:

• Rene Bryan, 30, of 15 Township Road 1186, South Point, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary.

Walton sentenced the woman to six years in prison with the possibility of judicial release after three years.

• Donald Ross, 27, of 218 S. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on counts of fifth-degree receiving stolen property and misdemeanor misuse of a credit card.

Ross pleaded not guilty through attorney Warren Morford.

Walton set bond at $10,000 cash or surety or $20,000 property, either to be coupled with a $10,000 own-recognizance bond. A pretrial was set for March 13.

• James Elkins, 22, of 15322 State Route 243, Chesapeake, admitted community control sanctions violations.

Walton sentenced the man to six months in prison with a judicial release to the STAR Community Justice Center when a bed becomes available.