Man seeking to withdraw previous plea
Believed sentences were to be concurrent
A man who was sent to prison in 2014 was back in court Wednesday, saying he wasn’t fully informed of his sentence and wanted to withdraw his guilty plea.
Cee B. Hall, 54, of Pedro, pleaded guilty in May 2014 to two fourth- and three third-degree counts of trafficking in oxycodone.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison. Hall said on Wednesday it was his understanding the sentence was supposed to be a three-year prison term with the charges running concurrently.
“My understanding was they were going to run it all together,” Hall said.
Hall, who said he has a third-grade education and can read and write very little, filed the motion in December 2015 to withdraw his guilty plea himself. Representing him was attorney Gene Meadows, who said Hall did not “knowingly and intelligently” enter his plea and should be granted a trial.
“It’s clear he didn’t understand the terms of his plea agreement,” Meadows said.
Assistant prosecuting attorney Mike Gleichauf said Hall declined to speak during his sentencing and asked the man whether he was forced to plead guilty or threatened in anyway, to which Hall replied no.
Gleichauf also noted Hall had been convicted in criminal court before the May 2014 conviction.
Hall claimed he was told by his prior attorney not to speak at his sentencing hearing.
He filed for an appeal but that was denied by the Fourth District Court of Appeals.
Judge Charles Cooper said he would consider the case and give a written decision around Feb. 10.
In other cases:
• Cody McDonald, 22, of 19 Township Road 31, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a second-degree count of felonious assault and a misdemeanor count of simple assault, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $50,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Jan. 27.
• Brianna Bond, 21, of 605 S. Eighth St., Ironton, was sentenced to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation and out-patient drug counseling. She previously pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility.
• Tina Carman, 51, of 229 Township Road 1080, Waterloo, was arraigned on a bill of information of third-degree count of illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility, to which she pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $20,000 cash or surety and $20,000 own-recognizance. A pretrial was set for Jan. 27.
• James Layman Jr., 32, of 2226 State Route 378, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor using weapons while intoxicated and OVI. Cooper ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 3.
• David Rann, 22, of 109 Ella St., South Point, admitted that he violated his treatment in lieu of conviction orders. Judge D. Scott Bowling found him guilty of three counts of possession of drugs and sentenced the man to four years CCS/ISP, STAR, a driver’s license suspension and 200 hours community service.
• Adam Jenkins, 27, of 601 Washington St., Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to a bill of information of fifth-degree breaking and entering and theft. Bowling ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Jan. 27.
• Steven Davis Jr., 38, of 109 Park Circle, Huntington, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to six months in prison.
• Julie Hall, 39, of 154 County Road 450, South Point, was sentenced to four years CCS/ISP, STAR, treatment at Mended Reeds, a six-month driver’s license suspension and 200 hours community service. She previously pleaded guilty to two fourth-degree counts of trafficking in heroin.
• Jeremiah Aiken, 21, of 107 Lou St., South Point, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of domestic violence. Bowling set sentencing for Jan. 27.
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