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Defendants get time in prison

Drug cases fill CP court docket

Several people were sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Matthew Lindsey, 26, of 245 Township Road 1057, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of burglary. Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to seven years in prison.

Twin brothers Jeffrey and Jeremy Ferguson, 23, of 8849 County Road 1, South Point, separately pleaded guilty to third-degree trafficking in heroin. Cooper sentenced both men to three years in prison and suspended their driver’s licenses.

Justin Hargis, 35, of 807 Rockwood Ave., Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of complicity to burglary. Cooper sentenced him to four years in prison.

Jeremy Fleet, 36, of 918 S. Fifth St. Apt. C, Ironton, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of trafficking in heroin and was sentenced to 30 months in prison and a six-month driver’s license suspension. This sentenced will run consecutively with a nine-month sentence he received for a community control sanctions violation.

Lori Ellis, 52, of 28 Private Drive 53 Apt. 10A, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree forgery and theft. Cooper ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for June 8.

Joseph Swanson, 43, of 3877 16th St., Huntington, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $25,000 own-recognizance and set a pretrial for June 8.

Joshua Harless, 33, of 39 Township Road 1372, Proctorville was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree failure to notify change of address, to which he pleaded not guilty. He also denied CCS violations.

Cooper set bond at $25,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for June 1.

John Robinson, 36, of Waterloo, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Robert Kennard, 38, of 148 Camelot Court, Russell, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to a count of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Judge D. Scott Bowling set sentencing for June 1.

Stewart Scott Jr., 62, of 802 Madison Ave., Ironton, was sentenced to four years in prison for a third-degree count of DUI. Bowling also ordered the man to forfeit his vehicle and suspended his driver’s license for life.

Kristin Burton, 43, of 1524 Beech St., Kenova, West Virginia, was sentenced to four years CCS/ISP for a fifth-degree count of theft. Bowling also ordered the woman complete 200 hours community service and she is banned from Wal-Mart.

Maria Nikolov, 37, of 113 Ashland Drive Apt. 6, South Point, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Aspen Barlow, 19, of 320 N. Fourth St., Ironton, was sentenced to four years CCS/ISP, 200 hours of community service and a six-month driver’s license suspension. He previously pleaded guilty to one fourth- and two-fifth degree counts of complicity to trafficking in drugs.