Chesapeake woman sentenced to 10 years in prison

Published 10:50 am Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Chesapeake woman will spend the next decade in prison after admitting her part in the alleged sexual abuse of a young relative.

Kathryn M. Ferris, 63, of 418 Second Ave., pleaded guilty to two second-degree counts of endangering children Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

As part of a plea negotiation, those charges were amended from first-degree complicity to rape; 28 additional complicity charges were also dismissed.

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Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the woman to five years in prison on each count, to be served consecutively for a total of 10 years in prison.

“I’m sorry for what happened to (the victim),” Ferris said while crying. “I wish it didn’t ever happen.”

Charles A. Ferris, 30, of the same address, is charged with 54 counts of first-degree rape of the victim. The dates included in his indictment range from October 2008, when the alleged victim, was 2 years old, to June of this year, listing the alleged victim as 9 years old.

Dates in Kathryn Ferris’ indictment range from November 2012 to June 2016.

Charles Ferris entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea earlier this month. The results of his competency evaluations have not yet been returned.

In other cases:

• Richard Farris, 32, of 8312 County Road 1, South Point, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of criminal damaging. Cooper sentenced the man to three years in prison and a one-year driver’s license suspension.

• Jon Blatt, 21, of 295 Township Road 1167, Proctorville, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of gross sexual imposition. Cooper set sentencing for Aug. 10.

• Megan Benicker, 31, of 1519 Thomas St., Ironton, was sentenced to four years community control sanctions and STAR. She previously pleaded guilty to fourth-degree burglary and misdemeanor criminal damaging.

• Mark Noel, 43, of 870 County Road 128, Ironton, pleaded guilty to third-degree complicity to trafficking in drugs, which was reduced from a count of second-degree complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs. Cooper ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Aug. 10.

• Krystena Burson, 28, of 34 Township Road 1485 Apt. 1, South Point, pleaded guilty to two fourth-degree counts of complicity to trafficking in cocaine. Cooper ordered a PSI and set sentencing for Aug. 10.