Man sentenced to 6 years for robbery

Published 1:47 pm Thursday, December 18, 2014

An Ironton man who pleaded guilty this past summer in connection with the robbery of an Ironton bookie was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Edward Hampton Jr., 36, of 2398 County Road 181, aided Jason Adams, 32, of Coal Grove, and Scott Lewis, 32, of Ironton, in the aggravated robbery of Sam Jones on the parking lot of Central Christian Church in January.

Adams was found guilty by a jury on Friday after a two-day trial. Lewis pleaded guilty earlier this year and accepted a plea negotiation to testify against Adams during the trial.

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Hampton had originally accepted the same plea bargain, but later refused to testify, citing his Fifth Amendment rights.

Roger Smith, Hampton’s attorney, asked Cooper to continue sentencing so his client could spend the holidays with his ill mother.

Brigham Anderson, prosecuting attorney, said Hampton’s original plea offer was five years in prison with a judicial release after four year, with the condition that he testify in court.

“That cooperation didn’t happen,” Anderson said.

In an unrelated case, Kyle Parramore, 23, of 4417 Hawksley Place, Wesley Chapel, Florida, appeared for a pretrial hearing in which he waived his right to a speedy trial. The man’s attorney, Adam Burke, also filed a motion for a change of venue.

Parramore is charged with counts of third-degree making terroristic threats and second-degree inducing panic. He allegedly communicated a shooting threat against Ironton Elementary School on Sept. 12 via an anonymous Internet forum, which caused administrators to close the building for the day. The threat also resulted in school lock-downs across the county.

In other cases:

• Charles Bays, 33, of 3221 State Route 2, Greenup, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. Cooper set sentencing for Dec. 31.

• Joseph Barker, 35, of 407 Lane St., Coal Grove, admitted probation violations and was sentenced to five months in prison.

• Tegan Alexander-Lindsey, 23, of 11741 Landsdonne St., Detroit, Michigan, was arraigned counts of second-degree aggravated trafficking in drugs, second-degree possession of drugs, third-degree tampering with evidence and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and furnishing false information to a officer issuing traffic ticket, to which she pleaded not guilty.

Cooper continued a $100,000 bond and set a pretrial for Dec. 31. A trial was set for Jan. 29.