Court Report For Aug., Sept.
Judges Carol L. Van Horn, Douglas W. Herman and Richard J. Walsh of the 39th Judicial District of the Fulton/ Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over court sessions held on August 31, September 7 and September 14.
Troy James Knepper appeared pro-se for arraignment proceedings held on charges of harassment. Knepper pleaded guilty and was ordered to complete 24 months probation.
Michael R. Fortney appeared without legal counsel for sentencing on charges of harassment. Fortney was sentenced on August 31 to complete 12 months probation.
Tony Tyrone Gantz appeared with his attorney and was ordered to complete nine months probation in connection with theft by deception.
Crystal Dawn Stanley appeared with her attorney and was ordered to complete a total of 18 months probation for possession of a controlled substance and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
On September 7, John Christopher Holba appeared with his attorney for arraignment proceedings held on one count of driving under the influence and summary offenses. Holba entered a plea of not guilty. His trial was tentatively scheduled for the October 25 term of court.
Joseph Charles Hoover appeared in court on possession charges and one count of the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Hoover was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program on the recommendation of District Attorney Travis Kendall. He will accordingly complete 12 months probation.
Christopher Michael Terrell appeared pro-se and pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and summary offenses. Terrell’s trial was tentatively scheduled for the October 25 term of court.
Jeremy William Decker appeared with his attorney on charges of stalking and terroristic threats. On the count of stalking, Decker was committed to serve the balance of a previously imposed sentence. Probation was reinstated in connection with terroristic threats.
For an unrelated case involving driving under the influence, Decker was ordered to spend no less than 72 hours in the Franklin County Prison.
Derek James Peck was ordered to spend 30 days in the Franklin County Prison followed by 24 months probation for unlawful restraint and simple assault.
Nicholas Wayne Swope Jr. appeared with legal counsel for the manufacture or possession with intent to delivery. Swope was ordered to spend 24 months in the Intermediate Punishment Program.
Jessica Marie Bivens appeared in court on September 14 on charges of driving under the influence and summary offenses. Bivens entered a plea of not guilty. Her trial has been scheduled for January 24.
James Melvin Booth appeared with legal counsel and waived arraignment proceedings on charges of driving under the influence and summary offenses. Booth pleaded guilty to drunk driving, which was reduced to a Tier II offense. A presentence investigation by the Fulton County Probation Department was ordered to be completed prior to his sentencing on October 19.
Benjamin Peyton Keefer appeared with his attorney on charges of harassment, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. Keefer was admitted into the ARD program and will complete 12 months probation.
Shane Anthony Metcalf appeared in court on one count of driving under the influence and summary offenses. Metcalf pleaded guilty and was set to be sentenced on October 19.
Robert William Perrin appeared with his attorney for sentencing on driving under the influence and summary offenses. He will complete 30 days in the Bedford County Prison.
Jerry Vaine True appeared with his attorney for sentencing on driving under the influence and a summary offense. A written court order was issued in the matter, which indicates True will complete between one and six months in a state correctional institution.