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Woman gets 12 years in prison for burglaries

A Kentucky woman is headed to prison for 12 years for several burglaries she helped another commit.

Tawanna Talbert, 39, of 900 Heaberlin Road, Wurtland, was sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court after previously pleading guilty to one second-degree count of burglary and three counts of complicity to burglary.

Talbert pleaded guilty back on Jan. 9 and was expected to testify during the trial of her co-defendant John Clark.

Clark pleaded guilty Feb. 26 to five counts of second-degree burglary a few days before his trial.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to 20 years in prison.

Before her sentencing, Talbert’s attorney, Michael Mearan, said his client cooperated fully with the investigation and her drug addiction is what led to her poor choices.

“There is no reason for her to be sitting here today expect for very poor judgment,” Mearan said. “… Had she continued her ways we’d be visiting the cemetery instead of Marysville,”

Talbert also apologized to her family and children before sentencing.

In other cases:

• Lori Knipp, 48, of 2615 S. Fifth St., Ironton, was arraigned on two fifth-degree counts of permitting drug abuse, a fourth-degree count of trafficking in drugs and a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs, to which she pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $20,000 cash or surety and $20,000 own-recognizance. A pretrial was set for March 12.

• Joshua Dyer, 25, of 2817 S. Eighth St., Ironton, was arraigned on a first-degree count of aggravated robbery, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $100,000 property, GPS and house arrest. A pretrial was set for March 19.

• Shane Garretson, 22, of 1107 S. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of a fourth-degree count of corrupting another with drugs, to which he pleaded guilty.

Cooper sentenced the man to 17 months in prison.

• Jason Adams, 32, of 116 Rowe St., Coal Grove, was arraigned on a first-degree count of aggravated robbery, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $60,000 property, $40,000 cash or surety and GPS monitoring and house arrest. A pretrial was set for March 19.

• David Artis, 23, of 275 N. Third St. Apt. 202, Ironton, was arraigned on a first-degree count of aggravated robbery, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $75,000 cash or surety plus GPS monitoring. A pretrial was set for March 19.

• Kelly Childers, 31, of 13 Colonial Court, Barboursville, W.Va., was arraigned on a first-degree count of aggravated robbery, to which she pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for March 26.

• Cee B. Hall, 52, of 80 Township Road 184 W., Pedro, was arraigned on two fourth-degree and three third-degree counts of trafficking in drugs, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for March 26.