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Suspect in bank break-in arraigned

A man accused of breaking into the WesBanco branch in Ironton answered charges Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Austin Sexton, 20, with an address at Fout’s Personal Care Facility in Ironton, pleaded not guilty to a bill of information of fifth-degree breaking and entering.

Judge D. Scott Bowling set bond at $25,000 cash or surety plus own-recognizance. A pretrial was set for Sept. 9.

Sexton was arrested on Aug. 12 by the Ironton Police Department following a break-in at the WesBanco on South Fifth and Vernon streets in Ironton.

Investigators don’t believe any money was taken from the bank, but the branch was ransacked. Also arrested was Richard Fooce, 22, of the same address.

In an unrelated case, two men arrested for selling prescription pills pleaded guilty.

Brandon L. Thibodaux, 29, of 826 S. Tenth St. Apt. D, Ironton, pleaded guilty to one second- and one third-degree count of trafficking in drugs.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to seven years in prison, a $5,000 fine and a one-year driver’s license suspension. He was also ordered to forfeit his interest in $5,255 that was confiscated during his arrest.

Terry Lee Corbin, 59, of the same address, pleaded guilty to two fourth-degree and one second-degree count of trafficking in drugs and one second-degree count of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Cooper set sentencing for Sept. 16.

In other cases:

• Shane Jenkins, 25, of 306 Township Road 111, Ironton, admitted community control sanctions violations and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

• Mark Bensinger, 56, of 1808 S. Eighth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree and a misdemeanor count of theft. Cooper set sentencing for Sept. 9.

• Raymond Parker, 54, of 65 Stowers Road, Griffithsville, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of grand theft. Cooper sentenced the man to 30 months in prison.

• Jason Collier, 30, of 48 Private Drive 2600, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of theft of drugs. Cooper set sentencing for Sept. 9.

• Richard Rice, 22, of 3325 County Road 59, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of burglary and was sentenced to four years in prison.

• Sean James, 23, of 412 Mill St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree counts of breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools. Sentencing was set for Sept. 2.

• Vanson Morisak, 50, of 421 Second St. E. Apt 1, Huntington, was sentenced to four years in prison for a second-degree count of burglary, to which he previously pleaded guilty.

• Amber McCleese, 32, of 50 Bigcat Lane, Argillite, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs. Bowling sentenced the woman to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation, treatment at Mended Reeds, a $1,250 fine, 200 hours community service and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

• Dustin Fulks, 21, of 109 Garden Court, South Point, was sentenced to three years in prison, a $1,250 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension. He previously pleaded guilty to three fifth-degree counts of trafficking in heroin.

• Randy Delong, 34, of 800 Fletcher Pike, South Charleston, Ohio, pleaded guilty to counts of third-degree DUI and misdemeanor driving under suspension. Bowling set sentencing for Sept. 9.

• Jesse Emery, 23, of 697 County Road 411, Proctorville, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to the STAR relapse program and 200 hours community service.