2012-01-26 / Local & State

Judge Krom Presides Over Jan. 17 Court Session

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Judge Angela Rosenberry Krom of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton/ Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held Tuesday, January 17, at the Fulton County Courthouse.

 Caleb Miller Koons appeared for sentencing last Tuesday on one count each of criminal trespassing and theft by unlawful taking. In reviewing the presentence investigation (PSI) report prepared by the Fulton County Probation Department, District Attorney Travis Kendall pointed out Koons was arrested only one day after being placed on the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program in Franklin County. Public Defender Dwight Harvey countered the most “remarkable” aspect of the case was that Koons had gone to the police barracks on his own and provided a statement to investigators. During Koons’ incarceration, he also completed his GED requirements and completed drug and alcohol as well as healthy living programs, Harvey added.

Judge Krom ordered Koons to complete between 90 days and 18 months in the Franklin County Prison for trespassing. He was granted 72 days credit for time served and will be paroled upon the completion of a home plan. Koons was also ordered to pay $100 in fines, restitution and a $25-per-month supervision fee. In regard to burglary, Koons was sentenced to 18 months probation. A $100 fine to Fulton County was imposed as was a $ 25 monthly supervision fee.

 Stephon James Marsh appeared in court for sentencing on one count of burglary.

He was sentenced to between 12 and 60 months in a state correctional institution for burglary. Credit was granted for time served since July 2011. During his incarceration, Marsh could be eligible for participation in the Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive Program. He will pay a $500 fine, $25 restitution, $250 for DNA testing and a $25-per-month supervision fee.

 Jason Clyde Mellott was ordered to complete between 30 days and six months in the Franklin County Prison in connection with driving under the influence of alcohol. He will be paroled at completion of the minimum sentence.

In addition, Mellott will complete alcohol/highway safety school and 20 hours of community service. Fees imposed include $750 in fines, $100 to the Catastrophic Fund, $100 to the Substance Abuse Fund, $84 to Fulton County Medical Center and a monthly supervision fee of $25.

 Michael Joseph Rohm Jr. was ordered to complete 12 months probation as a result of selling a firearm without a person’s knowledge. Rohm was reminded by District Attorney Kendall that in the future he must use a licensed firearm dealer or the sheriff ’ s office for firearms transactions.

He will also complete 40 hours of community service and pay a $25-per-month supervision fee.

 At the request of the public defender, Michael Glen Baughman Jr. was granted a continuance until January 31. Baughman is charged with two counts of simple assault and one count each of criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, theft from a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

 Elwood G. Gallagher appeared in court for mandatory arraignment on three counts of driving under the influence and two summary offenses. Gallagher entered a not-guilty plea to all counts and will reappear in court for call of the criminal trial list on April 10.

 Douglas Alan Kerlin appeared for formal arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence; one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; and seven summary offenses. Kerlin pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, possession of a small amount of marijuana and two summary offenses. He will be sentenced on January 31.

 Johnathan Patrick Mandel waived his right to mandatory arraignment on charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Mandel entered a plea of guilty to possession of a small amount of marijuana and will accordingly complete six months probation. He will also pay $100 to Fulton County.

 David Andrew Tyer waived his right to arraignment on charges of driving under the influence, driving without a license and a summary traffic violation. Tyer pleaded not guilty to all charges. He will appear for call of the criminal trial list on April 10.

 Justin Wolfe entered a guilty plea to the corruption of minors and was ordered to complete 12 months probation. In addition, a bench warrant previously issued in the case was vacated.

 Christopher William Bach appeared for call of the criminal trial list. Bach entered a guilty plea to one count each of the corruption of minors and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He will complete between 72 hours and six months in the Franklin County Prison but will be paroled at the completion of the minimum sentence. The sentence will be followed by 18 months probation.

 Charles Mearl Riley appeared for call of the criminal trial list. His case was continued until April 10. He is charged with two counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia and three summary offenses.

 Natasha Teeter is scheduled to be sentenced on February 28 after appearing in court last Tuesday on a probation/parole violation.

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