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Defendants plead guilty in CP court

Defendants appeared Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court and admitted to crimes ranging from DUI to drug trafficking.

Brian Cooper, 62, of 2598 State Route 650, Ironton, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

Judge D. Scott Bowling set sentencing for Dec. 10 and ordered a presentence investigation.

Randy Vaughn II, 31, of 1157 Bloss Branch Road, Lavalette, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering. Bowling set sentencing for Nov. 25.

Billy Layman Jr., 45, of 6595 County Road 15, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of DUI. Sentencing was set for Dec. 3.

Jerrod McKinney, 34, of 38 Township Road 1321, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to two fifth- and one fourth-degree count of trafficking in drugs. Bowling ordered a PSI and sentencing was set for Nov. 25.

Didrie Stapleton, 41, of 2971 County Road 15, Chesapeake, admitted community control sanction violations and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Gregory Loudenback, 37, of 106 Township Road 1197, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of tampering with a coin machine, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Bowling set bond at $10,000 cash or surety and $10,000 own-recognizance. A pretrial was set for Dec. 3.

Charles Bartrum Jr., 23, of 8027 State Route 522, Pedro, was sentenced to four years CCS for a count of fourth-degree receiving stolen property. Bowling also sentenced the man to STAR and ordered him to pay $500 restitution and perform 200 hours of community service.

John Barnhart Jr., 53, of 337 Township Road 204, Willow Wood, was sentenced to three years in prison for one count each of third- and fourth-degree trafficking in drugs, as well as fourth-degree complicity to trafficking in drugs, to which he previously pleaded guilty.

Bowling also ordered the man to pay $7,500 in fines and suspended his driver’s license for six months.