2011-10-06 / Local & State

Sept. 27 Court Session Held

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Judge Carol L. Van Horn of the 39th Judicial District of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 27.

 Tracey Deneen Jefferson appeared in court for sentencing in connection with criminal conspiracy to commit a robbery in the Mc- Connellsburg Borough. Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall pointed out the victim, who had been selling heroin to Jefferson and codefendant Amanda Souders, suffered fractured ribs during the incident.

Defense attorney Dwight Harvey added Jefferson has spent her time in the Franklin County Prison wisely earning her GED and completing a variety of programs.

Jefferson told the court upon her release she intends to get a job and take care of her daughter. She added she has the support necessary to stay clean.

Judge Van Horn granted Jefferson credit for time previously served and indicated she would be paroled at the completion of her minimum sentence in Franklin County. She will also complete 24 months probation and must refrain from contacting the victim or Souders. She will pay a $250 fine, $696 to the Department of Public Welfare, over $600 to the victim, $250 for DNA testing and a $25 per month supervision fee.

 Jacob Colby Mellott appeared in court for sentencing last Tuesday and was ordered to complete between 10 days and 12 months in the Franklin County Prison and 80 hours of community service. He will undergo mental health as well as drug and alcohol treatment. Mellott will pay $300 in fines, $250 for DNA testing and a $25 per month supervision fee.

In the case, District Attorney Kendall pointed out Mellott’s two children do not receive any type of support and in addition to his household finances, Mellott also has made reference to the daily use or marijuana and the use of cocaine. Only receiving $200 in government assistance, Kendall stated he was concerned that Mellott needed help and questioned who or what is enabling this type of lifestyle.

Defense attorney Harvey stated his client has acknowledged a drug problem and said he had been hanging out with the wrong people.

“You need to step up and be man. You’re 20 years old and you need to take care of yourself and your children,” said the judge. “Don’t bring any more children into this world until you do.”

 Danny Lynn Schetrompf appeared in court for sentencing last Tuesday on one count each of simple assault and disorderly conduct. District attorney Kendall related in spite of the fact that more recent charges of assault and harassment had been dismissed due to false reports, he still had genuine concerns about Schetrompf’s sobriety.

Attorney Stephen Kulla stated a different Danny Schetrompf stood in court on September 27 than several weeks ago. Following up on Kulla’s statements, Schetrompf’s sister spoke to the court on the circumstances surrounding the last seven years of her brother’s life. She said he had never addressed his issues, suffered from depression and continued on a downward spiral, which caused her and fellow family members to step away. Now intervening, the family asked the judge to give Schetrompf the opportunity to show how he has changed.

Speaking on his own behalf, Schetrompf told the judge this whole matter has been very sobering to him. “For the last year, I’ve worried constantly about my freedom and my employment ... I wish I would have turned the other cheek,” said Schetrompf, who said he has abstained from alcohol since May 5 and is a little more than halfway through a 26- week program at Crossroads.

Judge Van Horn stated even though he admitted he wished he had done something differently, Schetrompf’s reasons do not excuse his conduct. She sentenced him to 24 months probation, which will include four months in the SCRAM program. He will complete 40 hours of community service and pay $300 to the Fulton County Law Library, $475 restitution to the victim, $1,285 restitution to Capital Blue Cross, $150 in fines and a $25 per month supervision fee.

 Larry W. Clayton Jr. appeared in court for formal arraignment proceedings held on receiving stolen property and seven summary offenses. Clayton entered a plea of guilty to theft of mislaid or lost property, driving while under suspension or revocation and driving without required financial responsibility.

Clayton told the court several months prior to his arrest he found a license plate while fishing. On July 19, he utilized that plate to pick up his girlfriend in Mc- Connellsburg. He did not have insurance or a driver’s license at the time.

The judge sentenced Clayton to 12 months probation and 30 hours of community service for theft. He will also pay $150 to the Fulton County Law Library, a $25 per month supervision fee and $500 in fines.

 William Alexander Diamond waived arraignment held on the delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, careless driving and turning movements/ required signals. Diamond pleaded not guilty and will reappear in court on January 10, 2012 for call of the criminal trial list.

 Timmy Lewis Fix will complete a probationary period through the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition ( ARD) program on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, disregarding a single traffic lane and careless driving.

The district attorney noted Fix was arrested by state police on July 5 following a vehicle stop. After having failed field sobriety tests, Fix’s blood alcohol content was recorded at .224 percent.

 Savanna R. Hege waived arraignment on three counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count each of failure to keep right and careless driving. Hege entered a guilty plea to one count of driving under the influence and was ordered to complete six months probation as well as alcohol highway safety school. She will pay $300 in fines, $50 to the catastrophic fund, $100 to the Substance Abuse Fund, a $25 per month supervision fee, and $88 to the Fulton County Medical Center.

Hege was stopped by state police for driving un- der the influence while under the age of 21, Kendall noted. In addition to not possessing a prior record, Hege currently attends business school and holds down a job, Kendall said.

 Michael Garth Leighton will complete a probationary period through the ARD program in connection with driving under the influence, carrying a loaded weapon and no headlights. Leighton was stopped by state police on May 18 after troopers observed he had a missing headlight. The defendant, Kendall said, admitted to troopers he had been drinking at his cousin’s after hunting. His blood alcohol content was recorded at .095 percent.

 Charles Lee Mathis Jr. appeared in court on two different cases involving burglary and criminal trespassing to which he entered guilty pleas. The cases date back to April 7 and July 11, and Mathis admitted in court to entering a house to steal drugs and being at the Cardinal Glenn Apartments after being told he was not permitted on the premises.

Mathis was sent to Camp Hill SCI to determine his eligibility in the SIP program.

 Kenneth R. Swanger appeared in court for formal arraignment on one count each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Swanger entered a notguilty plea and will reappear in court on January 19 for call of the criminal trial list.

 ARD cases granted continuances included those of Joshua Rupert Baker and Tracey Lynn Branche.

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