Man gets 10 years for drug charges

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Proctorville man arrested in June for making meth near an abandoned school in the village admitted his crimes on Christmas Eve in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Eric Fuller, of 14460 State Route 7, pleaded guilty to two second-degree counts of illegal manufacture of drugs, a single count of fifth-degree possession of drugs, fourth-degree assault on a peace officer and fifth-degree vandalism.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to a total of 10 years in prison, $16,250 in fines and a six-year driver’s license suspension.

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Fuller was arrested on June 28 when deputies found him and co-defendant Michelle Nichols, 36, of 14508 State Route 7, making meth in soda bottles near an abandoned school on Meade Street and State Route 7 in the village.

While out on bond, the two were arrested for making meth a second time at the Athalia boat ramp on Aug. 6.

Nichols pleaded guilty in October and received the same sentence.

In an unrelated case, an Ironton man previously found mentally incompetent to stand trial after vandalizing the Ironton City Center made a court appearance where a new evaluation was presented, showing the man had been restored to competency.

Willard Large, 63, of 2603 N. Second St., was arrested in late June after he gained entry to the city building by throwing a bench through a window. He also damaged about nine other windows once inside the building, as well as some drywall and doors. Large also broke into the Fraternal Order of Police’s weight room and threw weights out of a window, at least one landing on a car.

He was charged with a fourth-degree count of vandalism and fifth-degree breaking and entering of the city building and two misdemeanor counts of criminal damaging.

After his initial evaluation in August deemed him incompetent, Large was transferred to Summit Behavioral Healthcare for treatment.

He pleaded guilty this past Wednesday and Cooper ordered a presentence investigation before sentencing, which was set for Jan. 7.

In other cases:

• Donny Cremeans, 36, of 433 Private Drive 856 Township Road 251, South Point, admitted community control sanctions violations and was sentenced to 727 days in prison.

• Alfreda Fetter, 71, of 19 Township Road 506, Kitts Hill, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of tampering with evidence. Cooper sentenced the woman to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation with three years of prison time reserved if she violates her probation.

• Chayton Holycross, 30, of 249 Freedom Lane, Delaware, was arraigned on a second-degree count of burglary, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash or surety and $100,000 own-recognizance. A pretrial was set for Jan. 7.

• Phillmore Kiser, 36, of 74 Chalet Circle, Greenup, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to a count of failure to appear. The man did not appear in November for a sentencing hearing after he pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

Cooper sentenced the man to six months in prison for the failure to appear charge and six years for the drug charges. The prison terms must be served consecutively for a total of six years and six months in prison.

Cooper also imposed a $7,500 fine and a three-year driver’s license suspension.

• Tracy McDonald, 45, of 19 Township Road 1391, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a count of second-degree felonious assault and a misdemeanor count of assault, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $75,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Jan. 14.

• John Ratliff, 30, of 1486 County Road 21, Ironton, was arraigned on counts of third-degree failure to comply, two fourth-degree counts of grand theft and one first-degree count of felonious assault on a peace officer, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash or surety and $100,000 OR. A pretrial was set for Jan. 7.