2012-12-27 / Front Page

Numerous cases disposed of during waived jury trials

Waived jury trials were held recently at the Lincoln County Courthouse, with Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway, Jr. presiding.

The following cases were heard during the proceedings: l Leland W. Scruggs pleaded guilty to two counts of simple battery (misdemeanor) and one count of criminal trespass.

On the first count of simple battery, he was sentenced to 12 months probation, a $500 fine plus surcharges, 40 hours community service, and anger management counseling. On the second count, he received 12 months probation, to run concurrent with sentencing on the first charge, and a $500 fine plus surcharges.

On the criminal trespass charge, the defendant received 12 months probation, to run consecutive to all other sentencing, and a $500 fine plus surcharges. l Shivita Wynn pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license and an expired tag.

On the first count, she was sentenced to 12 months, with 20 days in confinement (weekends) and the balance on probation, and a $1,500 fine plus surcharges. On the second count, the defendant received a $100 fine plus surcharges. l Xavier Gunby pleaded guilty to theft by taking and was sentenced to five years, with 60 days in confinement and the balance on probation, and a $1,000 fine plus surcharges.

He was further ordered to make restitution in the amount of $4,000.

Gunby was sentenced under the Probation Option Management (POM) Act. This special condition of probation gives probation officers the authority to directly place clients in a probation center should they violate the terms of sentencing. Prior to POM, these individuals would have had to first appear before a judge. l Jeremy Leon Mickens pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine (felony); obstruction of an officer (misdemeanor); possession of marijuana (less than an ounce – misdemeanor); and DUI (drugs – misdemeanor).

On the first count, he was sentenced to four years probation, with credit for time served; a $750 fine plus surcharges; 125 hours of community service; and the drug package.

The drug package is a special condition of probation which provides for drug treatment and counseling as well as random testing. It also requires the defendant to submit to searches of her person and/or property upon request.

Moreover, Mickens was ordered to obtain his GED.

On the obstruction charge, he was sentenced to 12 months probation and anger management counseling, and on the possession of marijuana charge, 12 months probation.

On the DUI charge, Mickens received 12 months probation, a $300 fine plus surcharges, and 40 hours community service.

He was sentenced under the POM Act and was granted first offender status, which means that if he meets all the terms and conditions of probation, he will be discharged under the first offender law, with no criminal record. l Casey Baxley pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property in the second degree (felony) and received one year probation, a $500 fine plus surcharges, and 50 hours community service.

He was further ordered to make restitution in the amount of $1,140.79.

Baxley was sentenced under the POM Act and granted first offender status. l Jesse C. Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by taking (misdemeanor). On the first count, he received 12 months probation, with credit for time served, and on the second count, he was sentenced to 12 months probation, a $500 fine plus surcharges, and 50 hours community service.

He was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $100.

Johnson was granted first offend- er status. l Christopher Williams pleaded guilty to theft by receiving stolen property (misdemeanor) and was sentenced to 12 months probation, with credit for time served; a $500 fine plus surcharges; and 50 hours community service.

In addition, the court ordered him to make restitution in the amount of $40.

Williams was granted first offender status. l William A. Goldman pleaded guilty to theft by taking (felony) and received four years probation, with credit for time served; a $500 fine plus surcharges; 50 hours community service; and alcohol counseling.

He was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $15.

The defendant was sentenced under the POM Act.

In a separate case, Williams pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (felony) and received three years probation to run consecutive to sentencing in the previous case. lTiffany Reynolds pleaded guilty to theft by taking (misdemeanor) and received six months probation, with credit for time served, and a $200 fine plus surcharges. l Uzavest Henderson pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon.

On the assault charge, he received 20 years, 10 years in confinement, with the balance on probation.

He was sentenced under the POM Act.

On the second count, the defendant received one year probation to run concurrent with sentencing on the first charge.

In connection with a separate incident, Henderson pleaded guilty to one count of embracery and received three years probation to run concurrent with all other sentencing. l Nelson Barksdale pleaded guilty to statutory rape (felony) and received five years probation, a $1,500 fine plus surcharges, and 200 hours community service.

He was sentenced under the POM Act and granted first offender status. l Steve Allen Chaney pleaded guilty to obstruction of an officer (misdemeanor); fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer (misdemeanor); and driving with a suspended license (misdemeanor).

On the first count, the defendant was sentenced to 12 months, with the first six months in confinement and the balance on probation; on the second count, he received 12 months, with the first 10 days in confinement, to run concurrent with the confinement sentence, and the balance on probation, to run consecutive to sentencing on the first count. On the suspended license charge, he received 12 months probation to run consecutive to all other sentencing and a $1,000 fine plus surcharges. l Debra A. Truitt pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct (misdemeanor) and received six month probation and a $150 fine plus surcharges. l Mark Dwaine Truitt pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct (misdemeanor) and received six months probation to run concurrent with the sentence he is now serving and a $150 fine plus surcharges.

A bench trial was held for Norris Hogan, who was charged with aggravated assault (felony) and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (felony).

Judge Dunaway found the defendant guilty on both counts.

On the first count, Hogan was sentenced to 10 years, with the first three years in confinement and the balance on probation, and anger management counseling.

He was further ordered to make restitution in the amount of $23,000.

The defendant was sentenced under the POM Act.

On the second count, Mickens received five years probation to run consecutive to sentencing on the first charge.

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