March 30, April 13, 20, 26 Court Sessions Held
Judges Shawn D. Meyers, Carol Van Horn and Douglas Herman of the 39th Judicial District of the Fulton/ Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over a series of court sessions held on Tuesday, March 30, April 13 and April 20, as well as Monday, April 26, at the Fulton County Courthouse.
Gail Lynn Bohrer appeared with her attorney on two counts of driving under the influence as well as charges related to endangering the welfare of children and summary offenses. Bohrer pleaded guilty to drunk driving and recklessly endangering another person. A presentence investigation will be conducted by the Fulton County Probation Department prior to sentencing on May 4.
Bohrer also appeared on unrelated charges of harassment and entered a guilty plea. She will be sentenced on May 4.
Walter Edwin Branche appeared with legal counsel and pleaded guilty to possessing an instrument of crime. A presentence investigation will be conducted before sentencing on May 4.
Herbert Gene Carter appeared in court on May 30 pro-se and waived arraignment proceedings held on charges of simple assault and false imprisonment. Carter pled guilty, and he will be sentenced on May 4 following a presentence investigation.
Aaron Lee Deneen appeared with legal counsel and entered a plea of not guilty to theft by unlawful taking and retail theft. His trial has tentatively been set for the July 26 term of court.
Justin Veryl Sward pleaded guilty to the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and was ordered to complete nine months probation. Sward will also pay $100 in fines to Fulton County.
Sward also appeared in court for a hearing to terminate his participation in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. Sward admitted to the violations, and a written court or- der was issued in the matter.
Daniel Lee appeared for a probation/parole-violation hearing. Lee admitted to committing the violations, and the court issued a written order.
Antonio Everette McNear appeared in court on a probation/ parole-violation hearing. McNear admitted to committing the violations, and the court issued a written court order.
Tony Gant appeared voluntarily on a bench warrant. He entered a plea of not guilty during arraignment proceedings. His trial has tentatively been scheduled for the July 26 term of court.
Individuals granted continuances during a court session presided over by Judge Van Horn include Roger Lee Barnett, Michael P. Collins, Kirk Edward Danfelt, Daniel Brock Flowers, Gary Lamario Foster, Eric Christopher Funk, Lamar Jay Hege, Robert Stanley Painter Jr., Shane Douglas Pittman, Timmy Allen Shoemaker, Nathen Lee Skidmore, Medina L. Souders and David Louis Stauffer.
Maverick Lee Gabelli appeared pro-se to enter a plea of guilty to harassment. Gabelli will be sentenced on May 25.
James Michael Buser appeared with his attorney and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. A presentence investigation will be conducted prior to sentencing on May 25.
Michael Lee Montgomery appeared with legal counsel on charges of driving under the influence. Montgomery entered a guilty plea, and a presentence investigation will be completed prior to sentencing scheduled for May 25.
Duane E. Stains pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was ordered to complete six months probation and pay a $300 fine.
Carl Jonathan Stallman appeared pro-se and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of a controlled substance. A presentence investigation will be completed before Stallman is sentenced on May 18.
Michael Scott Trail appeared with legal counsel and pleaded guilty to the corruption of minors. Trail will be sentenced on May 18 following a presentence investigation.
Bob Lee Wright appeared with his attorney on charges of driving under the influence. Wright pleaded guilty, and he will be sentenced on May 18 after a presentence investigation is completed.
Juries were slated to be selected on April 16 for the upcoming trials of Hank W. Keefer, Cindy Sue Naugle, Larry Wayne Portner Jr. and Carolyn Marie Spoonire.
A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Jason Patrick Phelan, who failed to appear in court on April 13.
Jerry Ryan Berkstresser appeared with his attorney on April 29 on charges of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and summary offenses. Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall presented a motion to the court for Berkstresser’s participation in the ARD program. Berkstresser was in turn ordered to complete 12 months probation.
Aaron Michael Haynes appeared without counsel on charges related to the possession of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and improper sunscreening. Haynes was admitted into the ARD program and will complete six months probation.
Sean Jordan Rideout appeared in court without an attorney on charges of the possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Rideout will complete six months probation through the ARD program.
Heather S. Lake failed to appear in court on charges of possession of a controlled substance and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. A bench warrant was issued for Lake’s arrest.
Travis Allen Lease appeared with his attorney and waived arraignment proceedings on charges of terroristic threats and harassment. Lease pleaded not guilty. His trial has tentatively been scheduled for the July 26 court term.
Derek James Peck appeared with legal counsel and waived arraignment on simple assault, harassment, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats and false imprisonment. Peck pleaded not guilty, and has trial has been tentatively been set for July 26.
A hearing to terminate participation in the ARD program has been continued for Gerald Allen Bitner. The hearing will be continued on May 25.
Christy Morgan appeared for a probation/parole-violation hearing. Morgan admitted to the violation, and a written order was issued by the court.
On April 26, jury selection was held for the jury trial of Lee Rager versus Jack Oswalt.
A trial for Hank W. Keefer was scheduled for June 3-4, and a trial involving Cindy Sue Naugle was set for June 10. A criminal trial for Larry Wayne Portner was set for June 24 and a trial will be held on May 12-13 for Carolyn Spoonire.