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Two defendants reject final offers

Several sentenced at Common Pleas court

Two defendants rejected the state’s final offer in their respective cases Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Andy Ballard’s courtroom.

• David Webb, 30, of 2913 Hamilton St., Ironton, previously pleaded not guilty to all eight counts on his indictment, which include five counts of trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), four fourth-degree and one third-degree felonies, two counts of assault on a peace officer, both fourth-degree felonies, and possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth-degree.

The state’s final offer was nine years in prison, and if found guilty at trial, he faces a maximum sentence of 14 years behind bars.

Ballard set trial for March 23 and 24.

• Beauford Jones, 35, of 667 County Road 9, Crown City, previously pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and forgery, both fifth-degree felonies.

The state’s final offer was four years community-controlled sanctions (CCS) with 11 months reserved and completing STAR. If found guilty at trial, he faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

Ballard set trial for April 16 and 17.

In other cases:

• Betty Albert, 41, of 615 S. 10th St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), a fourth-degree felony, and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. She was eligible for treatment in lieu of conviction, and Ballard ordered her to complete treatment and 200 hours community service.

• Greg Carlton, 32, of 102 Ridgeway St., Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor. Ballard sentenced him to 180 days in jail suspended, three years CCS, and ordered him to complete 300 hours community service and to complete an anger management course.

• Jeremiah Doss, 32, of 498 State Route 378, Chesapeake, changed his plea from guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity for a possession of drugs charge (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. Ballard ordered him to be evaluated, and until his evaluation, he will continue to receive treatment at Mended Reeds.

• Jade Freeman, 25, of 104 Grant Court, South Point, pleaded not guilty to forgery, a felony of the fifth-degree. Ballard set bond at $2,000 cash or surety and $15,000 OR. Pretrial was set for March 7.

• Richard Heaberlin II, 48, of 615 S. 10th St., Ironton, previously pleaded not guilty to trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), a fourth-degree felony, and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. Ballard continued his bond as well as placed him on GPS monitoring and home confinement.

• David Hess, 22, of 38 Township Road, Ironton, pleaded guilty to theft by deception, a fifth-degree felony. In another case, he pleaded guilty to three counts of forgery, all fifth-degree felonies, and in a third case, he admitted CCS violations. Ballard sentenced him to a total of two years in prison. He was also ordered to pay $1,300 and $1,838.81 in restitution.

• Troy Hughes, 28, of 527 Washington St., Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to misuse of credit cards, a felony of the fifth-degree. Ballard set sentencing for Feb. 28.

• Justin Jenkins, 29, of 1718 S. Fourth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), two third-degree and one fourth-degree felonies. Ballard sentenced him to a total of four years in prison with credit for 44 days served. He was also ordered to pay court costs, and will be eligible for judicial release after two years if he maintains a clean record in prison.

• Frances Lawrence, 29, of 1660 State Route 775, Proctorville, previously pleaded not guilty to theft, a fifth-degree felony. With her attorney, Warren Morford, being out for a few weeks with illness, Ballard removed him as her counsel and appointed attorney Brian Cremeans to take over her case. Pretrial was reset for Feb. 28.

• Jarrod McKnight, 34, of 1023 S. Fifth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. In another case, he also admitted CCS violations. Ballard sentenced him to four years CCS under intensive supervised probation (ISP) with 18 months reserved. He also ordered him to complete the STAR relapse program followed by inpatient treatment at Riverside Recovery Services and 200 hours community service.

• Vanessa Woods, 30, of 116 Ashland Drive, Apt. A, South Point, pleaded not guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine) and aggravated possession of drugs (methamphetamine), both second-degree felonies. The state is set to give her a final offer on March 7. If she rejects the offer, trial is set for March 22 and 23.

• Natayle Arthur, 19, of 3021 County Road 181, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine), both third-degree felonies. Ballard set bond at $50,000 OR and placed her on GPS monitoring.

• John R. Hogan, 32, of 3462 Bexvie Ave., Columbus, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. In exchange for a guilty plea, a charge of fifth-degree vandalism was nolled. Judge Charles Cooper set sentencing for Feb. 28.

• Kayla Plumley, 25, of 105 Mercer St., Beckley, West Virginia, denied CCS violations. Cooper set CCS trial for March 14.

• Jennifer R. Scarberry, 25, of 1097 County Road 1, Apt. 16, South Point, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking a counterfeit controlled substance, both fifth-degree felonies. Cooper sentenced her to four years CCS under ISP with 22 months reserved, and ordered her to complete STAR.

• Johnathan P. Tickle, 50, of 1113 S. Eighth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (Oxycodone, Percocet and an amphetamine salt tablet), a fifth-degree felony. Cooper sentenced him to nine months in prison.

• Randy Justice, 39, of 18 Raccoon Drive, Lousia, Kentucky, pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a fifth-degree felony. Cooper set bond at $10,000 cash or surety and placed him on GPS monitoring. Pretrial was set for March 14.