Sentencings reset for failed drug screenings
IRONTON — Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Christen Finley reset several final sentencings set for Wednesday after the defendants failed a drug screening or refused a drug screening.
Finley increased the bonds for the defendants and set the sentencing at a later date.
In an unrelated case, Joshua Harless, 39, of Township Road 279, Pedro, withdrew a prior guilty plea of failure to notify authorities of a change of address. Harless also failed a drug screening Wednesday. Finley reset sentencing for Jan. 16.
In other cases:
• Michelle Booth, rejected a plea deal that would send her to prison for four years on a charge of trafficking in marijuana. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of eight years. The case is set for trial Jan. 24.
• Jay B. Wolfe, 38, of the 200 block of Rockwood Avenue, Chesapeake, had a drug charge dismissed after he completed a treatment program where he stayed drug and alcohol free for a year.
• Bradley H. Collins, 54, of the 100 block of 5th Avenue, Huntington, pleaded guilty in a drug case. He was placed on community control sanctions for four years and must complete up to a six-month program at the STAR Community Justice Center.
• Barry T. Hemphill, 26, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, pleaded guilty in a drug case. He was placed in treatment in lieu of conviction requiring him to stay drug and alcohol free for a year. He also was ordered to do 200 hours of community service.
• Jeremy Mayo, 29, of Mabscott, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of falsification. A charge of possession of heroin was dismissed. He was sentenced to time served in jail of 63 days and will be transferred to West Virginia to face a charge there.
• Corey Thomas, 31, of Township Road 1175, Proctorville, was placed on community control sanctions for four years for resisting arrest. He was ordered to complete a program at Mended Reeds in Ironton, get a mental health assessment and do 200 hours of community service.
• Brian A. Carmon, 34, of the 100 block of Remy Street, Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to possession of meth. He was placed in a program of intervention in lieu of conviction requiring him to be drug and alcohol free for a year.
• Ryan Duren, 34, of Kentucky Street, Ashland, pleaded innocent to a charge of possession of meth. He was released on a $25,000 signature bond.
• Kyle A. Koenig, 29, of the 600 block of Pike Street, Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to trafficking in meth and trafficking in heroin and two counts of complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs. Bond was set at $10,000.
• Joshua D. Broughton, 35, of Jarvis Road, Ashland, pleaded innocent to a charge of failure to appear. Bond was set at $2,500.
• Robert N. Jones, 30, of County Road 1, South Point, pleaded innocent to charges of trafficking in heroin and trafficking in fentanyl. The indictment also seeks confiscation of $1,770 in cash taken upon his arrest. He was placed on a $25,000 signature bond, required to wear an ankle monitor and submit to weekly drug testing.
• John W. Bays, 43, of the 900 block of North 5th Street, Ironton, pleaded innocent to four counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs. He was placed on a $75,000 recognizance bond and wear an ankle monitor.
• Donna L. Ingrassia, 62, of the 200 block of Hamilton Street, Coal Grove, pleaded innocent to charges of complicity to trafficking in drugs and trafficking in marijuana.
• Samuel D. Browning, 33, of the 700 block of South 9th Street, Ironton, pleaded innocent to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs. A $25,000 signature bond was set along with GPS monitoring and home confinement as well as random drug screening.