2008-06-19 / Front Page

Youth sentenced to four years in connection with bank robbery

A Lincolnton youth was sentenced in connection with the January 2007 robbery of Farmers & Merchants Bank during a "non-jury trial" session of the Lincoln County Superior Court held Thursday, June 12.

After entering a plea of guilty to the offense of robbery, Roderick William Cox was sentenced to 10 years and a $1,000 fine plus surcharges by Judge Harold Hinesley.

Originally charged with armed robbery, Cox will serve the first four years of his sentence in confinement, with the balance on probation.

He was also ordered to make restitution to Farmers & Merchants Bank in the amount of $518, representing the difference between the money stolen and the amount recovered following the hold up.

In an unrelated case, Ramon Antron Riley of Appling pleaded guilty to theft by receiving stolen property in connection with the theft of a tractor trailer truck and trailer belonging to J.C. Ashmore. The truck and trailer were valued at $48,000.

Judge Hinesley sentenced Riley to six years, the first 14 months in confinement with the balance on probation. As a condition of probation, the defendant was ordered to undergo drug treatment and counseling as directed by the probation department.

The defendant was likewise ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus surcharges and make restitution to Ashmore in the amount of $1,747.96.

Other cases disposed of during the one-day term included:

.. Jonathan Wayne Chastain and Bradley Joseph Johnson both pleaded guilty to felony theft by taking. Chastain received five years, six months in confinement with the balance on probation. A four-year sentence was imposed on Johnson, with the same provisions.

However, the confinement portion of the defendants' sentence will be suspended, provided the men serve 240 to 300 days in a probation detention center.

Both Chastain and Johnson were further ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $750 plus surcharges and to stay away from the victim's property.

.. Alveder Becks pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, possession of a sawed-off shot gun, and possession of a firearm during the commis- sion of a felony. On the drug charge, he received eight years, six months in confinement with the balance on probation; a $2,000 fine plus surcharges; and the drug package.

The drug package is a special condition of probation that, among other things, requires the defendant to submit to random drug testing and waive his fourth amendment right to have any test results admitted as evidence in the future.

The confinement portion of Beck's sentence will be suspended if he spends from 240 to 300 days in a probation detention center.

On the first firearms charge, the defendant received a three-year probated sentence to run concurrent with sentencing on the drug charge and was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus surcharges.

As for the second charge, Becks received three years probation to run consecutive to sentencing on other charges and a $500 fine plus surcharges.

.. Cruise Andrew Spellings pleaded guilty to theft by taking and was sentenced to five years probation, a $1,000 fine plus surcharges, and the drug package.

.. John David Rogers and William Russell Rogers pleaded guilty to theft charges in relation to burglaries that occurred in the Hidden Harbor subdivision last year.

John Rogers pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one count of theft by receiving stolen property (felony). On each of the burglary counts, he was sentenced to 12 years, five in confinement with the balance on probation, and a $750 fine plus surcharges. The sentences will run concurrently. He also received the drug package.

On the theft by receiving stolen property charge, the defendant was sentenced to five years probation to run consecutive to sentencing on the burglary charges. He was further ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus surcharges and restitution in the amount of $1,230.

Rogers' brother, William Russell Rogers, pleaded guilty to theft by receiving stolen property (misdemeanor) and was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine plus surcharges.

As a condition of probation, the two brothers were ordered to have no contact with the victims in the theft cases and to stay off of their property.

.. Angelo J. Harris pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, driving without a license, and speeding. On the first charge, he was sentenced to four years probation, a $1,000 fine plus surcharges, 100 hours community service, and the drug package.

On the second charge, he received 12 months probation and a $250 fine plus surcharges, and on the speeding charge, he was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $200 fine plus surcharges.

Furthermore, Harris was granted first offender status by the court, meaning that if he successfully completes all the terms of sentencing, he will not have a criminal record.

.. Sandra W. Buck pleaded guilty to 12 counts of forgery and one count of theft by taking. She was sentenced to four years probation on each forgery count, a $250 fine plus charges on the first four counts, and the drug package. The defendant was likewise ordered to make restitution for the checks and bank fees.

On the theft by taking charge, Beck received 12 months probation.

She was granted first offender status by the court.

.. Ronnie Norman Bynes pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to three years in prison.

In an unrelated case, he also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and received 20 years, the first 15 in confinement with the balance on probation; a $1,500 fine plus surcharges; and the drug package.

• Kitri K. Canada pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor theft by deception in connection with a gas drive off and was ordered to pay a $200 fine plus surcharges.

.. Michael R. Elam pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to four years probation, a $1,000 fine plus surcharges, and the drug package.

Elam was granted first offender status by the court.

.. Christopher Jefferies pleaded guilty to Violation of the Sex Offender Registry and received 10 years probation and a $500 fine plus surcharges.

.. Marcovius Beard pleaded guilty to misdemeanor statutory rape and was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $300 fine plus surcharges.

The defendant was granted first offender status.

.. Steven Coppin pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor obstruction of an officer and one count of driving with a suspended license. On the first count, he was sentenced to 12 months, three months in confinement with the balance on probation, and a $350 fine plus surcharges.

On the second count, Coppin received 12 months probation to run consecutive to sentencing on the first count and a $350 fine plus surcharges.

On the suspended license charge, the defendant was ordered to serve 12 months, the first two days in jail with the balance on probation, and to pay a $500 fine plus surcharges. The sentence will run concurrent with sentencing on the first count.

.. Franklin Eddie Jones pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in connection with an incident that occurred at Thomas Lane Post 497 of the American Legion in July of 2005.

The defendant was sentenced to 10 years probation, a $1,000 fine plus surcharges, and 200 hours community service. He was further ordered by the court to stay away from the Legion Post as well as the victim in the case and continue mental health treatment at the direction of the probation department.

.. Steven Bernard Reid pleaded guilty to obstruction of an officer, fleeing and attempting to elude an officer, driving with a suspended license, driving with an altered tag, and Violation of the Open Container Law.

On the first count, he was sentenced to 12 months, time served with the balance on probation.

Reid received an additional 12- month probated sentence on each of the remaining counts and was ordered to pay a total of $1,400 in fines plus surcharges.

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