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Woman narrowly escapes 17-month prison sentence

A young mother of two was told Wednesday by a judge she had better walk the straight and narrow or end up in prison.

“Do you appreciate how close you are to spending 17 months in prison?” Judge D. Scott Bowling said.

Taylor Flemming, 20, of 3910 County Road 55, South Point, had been sentenced to treatment in lieu of conviction back in January for a fourth-degree count of theft of drugs.

Her court appearance this week was to address allegations she had violated the terms of her treatment plan, as set forth by the Lawrence County Adult Probation Agency.

According to Carl Bowen II, chief of the APA, Flemming failed a drug screen, was charged with another crime, hadn’t fulfilled her community service hours and was discharged from her counseling program at Mended Reeds.

Despite the missteps, Mike Davenport, the woman’s attorney, said she was a single mother of two who was also going to school and about the start a new job.

“She is trying to better herself,” Davenport said.

Jeff Smith, assistant prosecuting attorney, recommended Flemming be sentenced to 17 months in prison.

Davenport said that sentence was excessive and recommended four years of probation.

Bowling sentenced the woman to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation and an additional 100 hours of community service.

He warned her she would be sentenced to prison for any violation of her probation.

In other cases:

• William Lawrence II, 28, of 713 S. Ninth St. Apt. C, Ironton, pleaded guilty to two third- and one fourth-degree count of trafficking in drugs. Bowling sentenced the man to 12 months in prison, $12,500 in fines and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

• Daniel Mullins, 29, of 80 Private Drive 1699 County Road 26, Ironton, pleaded guilty to third-degree failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and misdemeanor counts of willful unwonted disregard of safety on highways and a stop sign violation. Bowling ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Nov. 19.

• Melissa Doss, 28, of 11287 County Road 1, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs and misdemeanor counts of endangering children, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia. She also admitted CCS violations.

Bowling sentenced her to 15 months in prison.

• Eric Lezu, 47, of 1435 County Road 411, Proctorville, was sentenced to four years CCS/ISP, 200 hours community service, and outpatient treatment at Mended Reeds for a fifth-degree count of possession of heroin and a misdemeanor count of possession of drugs, to which he previously pleaded guilty.

Bowling also ordered the man to pay a $1,250 fine and suspended his driver’s license for six months.

• Charles Riley, 27, of 11287 County Road 1, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree count of possession of drugs and misdemeanor counts of endangering children, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia and admitted CCS violations. Bowling sentenced the man to 11 months in prison, a $1,250 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

• Eddie Unrue, 54, of 906 Latonia St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of DUI and misdemeanor counts of driving under suspension and possession of marijuana.

He was sentenced to 30 months in prison, $1,200 in fines and a lifetime driving ban.

• Randy Jackson, 37, of 2418 S. Fourth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering and admitted CCS violations.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to 664 days in prison and $899 restitution.

• Matthew Pennington, 45, no address given, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to 67 days in prison.

• Kevin Canterberry, 50, of 77 Township Road 1503, Chesapeake, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to 14 months in prison.