2014-12-25 / Front Page

Judge Hinesley hears pleas and conducts one bench trial

Pleas were heard recently at the Lincoln County Courthouse with Judge Harold A. Hinesley presiding.

The following cases were disposed of during the proceedings: l Tyler James Graham pleaded guilty to theft by taking (misdemeanor) and was sentenced to 12 months, the first 30 days in confinement, with credit for time served and the balance on probation, and a $300 fine plus surcharges. l Justin Ryan Rickerson pleaded guilty to DUI (less safe/alcohol – misdemeanor) and received 12 months probation, a $450 fine plus surcharges, and 40 hours community service.

He was also ordered to complete the driver’s school risk program. l William Gary Lockhart pleaded guilty to simple battery (misdemeanor) and was sentenced to 12 months, with the first six in confinement, and a $300 fine plus surcharges.

He was further ordered to complete his GED and alcohol abuse counseling.

In a separate case, Lockhart pleaded guilty to criminal trespass (misdemeanor) and received 12 months probation to run consecutive to the previous sentence and a $300 fine plus surcharges.

Regarding a third incident, the defendant pleaded guilty to obstruction of an officer (misdemeanor) and received 12 months probation to run consecutive to the previous sentence and a $300 fine plus surcharges. l Jessica Ray pleaded guilty to cruelty to children in the second degree (felony) and was sentenced to three years probation and a $400 fine plus surcharges.

She was likewise ordered to continue alcohol abuse counseling and complete parenting classes and her GED.

Ray was granted first offender status, which means that if the defendant meets all of the terms and conditions of probation, she will be discharged under the first offender law, with no criminal record. l Kevin James Sizemore pleaded guilty to possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (felony) and was sentenced to four years, with the first six months in confinement, suspended upon entering Regional Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT), and the balance on probation; a $750 fine plus surcharges; 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 his person and/or property upon request. l Lynn Marie Collins pleaded guilty to crossing guard lines with contraband (misdemeanor) and received 12 months, the first 72 hours in confinement, with credit for time served and the balance on probation, and a $1,000 fine plus surcharges. l Takisha Silas pleaded guilty to crossing guard lines with contraband (misdemeanor) and was sentenced to 12 months, the first 72 hours in confinement, with credit for time served and the balance on probation, and a $1,000 fine plus surcharges.

She was granted first offender status. l Linda Smith pleaded guilty to crossing guard lines with contraband (misdemeanor) and received 12 months, the first 72 hours in confinement, with the balance on probation, and a $1,000 fine plus surcharges.

The defendant was granted first offender status. l Charles Eddie Lockhart pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (felony) and false report of a crime (misdemeanor).

On the first charge, the defendant was sentenced to three years probation, and on the second, he received 12 months probation to run concurrent with sentencing on the previous charge. l James Kenneth Fox pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (felony) and possession of drug-related objects (misdemeanor).

On the first charge, he was sentenced to five years, the first seven months in confinement, with credit for time served and the balance on probation; a $750 fine plus surcharges; and the drug package.

On the second charge, Fox received 12 months probation to run concurrent with sentencing on the first charge and a $500 fine plus surcharges. lWilliam Gary pleaded guilty to criminal trespass (misdemeanor) and received 12 months in confinement, with credit for time served. l Charles Scott pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute (felony) and was sentenced to eight years, with the first two months in confinement, suspended upon entering a detention center for 90-120 days, and the balance on probation; a $1,500 fine plus surcharges; and the drug package.

The defendant was also granted first offender status and 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. Previously, these individuals would have had to appear before a judge first. l Jalen Jerome Wade pleaded guilty to theft of lost or mislaid objects (misdemeanor) and was sentenced to 12 months probation and 20 hours community service.

In a bench trial, Judge Hinesley found James John Lively, Sr. guilty of harassing telephone calls (misdemeanor) and sentenced him to 12 months probation and a $750 fine plus surcharges.

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