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Robbery case ends in prison time

A Proctorville man was given prison time in connection with a robbery at a local gas station.

Zachary Taubenheim, 29, of 400 Township Road 1090, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of robbery Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. That charge was amended from a first-degree count of aggravated robbery.

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

Taubenheim was also ordered to pay $2,753 to the Speedway in Proctorville.

According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mike Gleichauf, the gas station was robbed of $6,525 on Dec. 15. More than $3,700 was recovered after the robbery.

J.T. Holt, Taubenheim’s attorney, said poor choices led his client to commit the robbery, but it was his goal to prove to his family that he learned a “major lesson” from the situation.

Taubenheim will pay restitution jointly with any co-defendants convicted in the case.

Currently, Craig Wysong II, 24, of 2395 County Road 66, Proctorville, is facing a first-degree count of aggravated robbery in connection with the crime. He previously pleaded not guilty to the charge and the case is still pending.

In other cases:

• Sean Bray, 41, of 1634 Davis Road, Crown City, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree charge of failure to stop after an accident or collision. Cooper set sentencing for April 2.

• Christopher Lowe, 29, of 351 Township Road 271 W., Ironton, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs. Cooper set sentencing for April 2.

• Jeremy McClellan, 27, of 739 Rockwood Ave., Chesapeake, admitted that he violated his community control sanctions. The man said he had been going to school and church and asked the judge to consider those factors before sending him to prison.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Smith said GPS data was available for the judge that would show the man’s whereabouts.

“We have a difference of opinion as to these factors,” Smith said.

Cooper agreed to take a look at both sets of evidence and set sentencing for April 2.

• Candy Farris, 45, of 41 Township Road 1314, Crown City, tested positive for marijuana at her pretrial drug screening. Cooper doubled the woman’s bond from $25,000 to $50,000 cash or surety.

• Scott Crank, 29, of 28 of Township Road 1010, Chesapeake, was sentenced to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation. Crank previously pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of carrying a concealed weapon and misdemeanor counts of possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments.

Cooper also ordered the man to complete the STAR program.

• Tyler Angel, 25, of 1207 Clark St., Flatwoods, Ky., was arraigned on counts of fourth-degree possession of heroin and trafficking in heroin, as well as a fifth-degree count of possession of criminal tools. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Cooper set bond at $20,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial on April 2.