Pedro man sentence to four years in prison

Published 9:26 am Friday, March 15, 2013

A Pedro man admitted to several felony charges Thursday, a week before his trial was set to begin in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Virgil Cole, 40, of 647 County Road 14, pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree aggravated burglary, third-degree having weapons under a disability and fourth-degree assault on a peace officer.

As part of a plea negotiation charges from a separate indictment of third-degree violating a protection order and second-degree aggravated vehicular assault were dismissed.

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Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to four years in prison with five years of mandatory post release control.

The man was represented by attorney Scott Evans.

Bill Goody, 24, of 4113 County Road 128, South Point, also pleaded guilty Thursday in Judge D. Scott Bowling’s courtroom.

Goody pleaded guilty to an amended indictment of receiving stolen property.

Bowling sentenced the man to 180 days in jail, suspended, 200 hours community service, three years community control sanctions and restitution not to exceed $24,000.

In other cases Wednesday:

• Harry Wilks, 64, of 521 Rockwood Ave., Chesapeake, was arraigned on a bill of information of open dumping or open burning of tires, a non-classified felony. Wilks pleaded guilty through attorney Mike Davenport.

Judge Charles Cooper ordered a pre-sentenced investigation and set sentencing for March 27. The man was released on a $10,000 own-recognizance bond. The maximum sentence for open dumping is four years in prison.

• Jeffrey Nelson Wallace, 52, of 409 Buckhorn St., Ironton, admitted to violating his community control sanctions.

Cooper ordered the man to complete the STAR Community Justice Center relapse program and reserved 577 days in prison if he fails to do so.

• Carolyn Newton, 33, of 211 Buffington St., Huntington, W.Va., was arraigned on counts of fifth-degree possession of drugs and misdemeanor possessing drug abuse instruments.

Newton pleaded not guilty through attorney Philip Heald.

Cooper set bond at $10,000 OR and set a pretrial for March 27.

• Eric Collins, 23, of 3997 State Route 141, Ironton, was arraigned on a third-degree charge of theft of a firearm. The man pleaded not guilty through attorney Philip Heald.

Cooper set bond at $10,000 cash or surety and scheduled a pretrial for March 20.