4 years given in meth case

Published 10:10 am Friday, February 26, 2016

A Kitts Hill man admitted to making meth during his hearing Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Michael Ramsey, 31, of 194 Township Road 337, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of illegal manufacture of drugs.

Assistant prosecuting attorney Mack Anderson recommended the man be sentenced to four years in prison since he had no prior felony record. The maximum sentence for that crime is eight years.

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According to Ramsey’s attorney, Warren Morford, the meth was for his own personal use and was not sold.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to four year in prison.

In other cases:

• Cory Layne, 26, of 2007 N. Fourth St., Ironton, was sentenced to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation and the STAR relapse program. He previously pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of possession of drugs.

Cooper also ordered the man to pay a $5,000 fine and forfeit $1,225 in cash that was confiscated during the investigation. His driver’s license was suspended for six months.

• Joshua Fitzpatrick, 21, of 48 County Road 450, South Point, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree breaking and entering, fifth-degree theft and misdemeanor theft, to which he pleaded guilty. Cooper ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for March 16.

• Kurt Chastain, 21, of 1116 County Road 123, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a third-degree count of gross sexual imposition, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $25,000 cash or surety. A pretrial was set for March 9.

• Janie Francis, 59, of 311 N. Sixth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to third-degree tampering with evidence and misdemeanor theft. Judge D. Scott Bowling set sentencing for March 16.

• Heather Henry, 29, of 860 County Road 18, South Point, was sentenced to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation, STAR, 200 hours community service and a driver’s license suspension. She previously pleaded guilty to one fourth- and two third-degree counts of trafficking in drugs.

• Forest Halterman Jr., 43, of 2528 12th St., Ironton, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to STAR. His CCS commitment will continue.

• Joseph Willis, 26, of 3662 N. State Highway 1, Grayson, Kentucky, was sentenced to treatment in lieu of conviction.

• Joseph Wilson, 65, of 2812 Erwin Road, Jackson, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of DUI. Bowling set sentencing for March 16.