2009-08-27 / Local & State

Judges Herman,Walsh, Van Horn Preside Over August Sessions Of Court

STAFF REPORT

Judges Douglas W. Herman, Richard J. Walsh and Carol L. Van Horn of the 39th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas presided over a trio of court sessions at the Fulton County Courthouse on August 4, 11 and 18.

Travis David Morse appeared with legal counsel for entry into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program on charges of criminal mischief. In conjunction with participating in the program, Morse will complete 12 months probation.

Erica Laine Reed appeared with her attorney and waived arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence and summary offenses. Reed was admitted into the ARD program and will complete six months probation.

Robert Lee Skidmore appeared with legal representation on charges of fraud/altering/ forgery. Skidmore waived arraignment and entered a guilty plea, to which he was sentenced to six months probation.

William K. Barnhart Jr. appeared with his attorney for sentencing on counts of driving under the influence and summary offenses. Barnhart was ordered to complete between 90 days and 60 months in the Franklin County Prison.

Richard Thomas Truett Jr. appeared in court on August 4 on two counts of driving under the influence and summary offenses. Truett will spend between 48 hours and six months in the Franklin County Prison for the offenses.

Samuel Richard Morningstar appeared with his attorney for a parole/probation-violation hearing. The hearing will be continued at a later date.

Joshua Isaac Wilson appeared with legal counsel for two probation/parole-violation hearings and admitted to the violations. A written court order was issued in the matter.

Terry Lee Defibaugh appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment on charges of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and criminal trespassing. Defibaugh entered a guilty plea to simple assault and will be sentenced on September 22 following a presentence investigation by the Fulton County Probation Department.

Barry Andrew Lake appeared with his attorney and pled not guilty to charges of simple assault and harassment. Lake's trial has tentatively been set for the October 26 term of court.

Antonio Everett McNear ap- peared with legal counsel on possession of a small amount of marijuana, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and the purchase of alcohol by a minor. McNear pleaded guilty to the possession or use of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 12 months probation.

McNear also appeared on an unrelated incident involving simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment, public drunkenness and purchase of alcohol by a minor. McNear entered a guiltyplea to simple assault and was ordered to an additional six months probation.

David Alan Strock appeared without an attorney on one count of driving under the influence and summary offenses. Strock entered a not-guilty plea, and his trial has been scheduled for the October 26 term of court.

Theodore Malloy Grance appeared with his attorney for a parole/ probation-violation hearing. Grance admitted to the violations, and a written court order was issued.

Damion Womble failed to appear in court for a parole/probationviolating hearing. A bench warrant was issued for Womble's arrest.

Sandra Marie Jefferson appeared without legal counsel and waived arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence and various summary offenses. Jefferson pleaded not guilty. Her trial will be set for the October 26 term of court.

Rebecca Lynn Moore appeared with her attorney and waived arraignment proceedings on the manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver and selling a noncontrolled substance. Moore entered a notguilty plea, and her trial will be conducted during the October 26 term of court.

Levi Gene Bisser appeared with legal representation and was sentenced to between four and 48 months in a state correctional institution (SCI) and 12 months probation for access device fraud and unsworn falsifications to law enforcement authorities.

On an unrelated charge of receiving stolen property, Bisser was sentenced to an additional one to 24 months in a SCI. On an additional count of burglary and criminal attempt burglary, the court sentenced Bisser to three to 36 months in a SCI and another one to 24 months for theft by unlawful taking.

Eric John Butts was sentenced to 12 months probation for recklessly endangering another person.

Derek James Lininger was given 12 months probation for indecent assault.

Lonne Randolph Sheeder was sentenced by the court to 24 months probation for recklessly endangering another person.

During a trial held on July 28, a jury ruled Neil Richard Crouse was not guilty of stalking.

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