2012-02-09 / Local & State

Court Session Held January 31

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Judge Richard J. Walsh of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton/Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, January 31.

 Douglas Alan Kerlin appeared in court for sentencing on one count each of driving under the influence and possession of a small amount of marijuana and two summary offenses. Kerlin was ordered to complete between 72 hours and six months in the Franklin County Prison. He will be paroled upon completion of the minimum sentence. Kerlin’s release will be followed by a brief probationary period, and he will complete 20 hours of community service. Various fines, fees and costs were also assessed in the case.

 Michael Glen Baughman Jr. appeared in court last Tuesday for formal arraignment on one count each of criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, theft from a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, defiant trespassing and disorderly conduct. Baughman, who was represented in court proceedings by Fulton County Public Defender Dwight Harvey, entered a guilty plea to one count of mischief. The charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Baughman is slated to be sentenced on March 13 following the completion of a mini-presentence investigation report by Fulton County Probation Department.

 Regina Ann Bennett waived her right to arraignment on charges of possession of a controlled substance and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

At the recommendation of District Attorney Travis Kendall, Bennett was entered into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. She will accordingly complete 12 months probation.

 Jeffrey Alan Shaffer waived arraignment proceedings held on charges of terroristic threats, stalking, harassment, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing. Shaffer entered a notguilty plea and is next scheduled to appear in court for call of the criminal trial list on April 10.

 Cherie Lee Spena appeared in court on two counts of driving under the influence and three summary offenses. Spena pleaded guilty to one count of drunk driving, a Tier 2 second offense, in connection with a case dating back to July 11, 2011. She will be sentenced on April 13.

 Franklin Utermoehlen III waived arraignment proceedings on five counts of driving under the influence, one count of accidents involving death or personal injury while unlicensed and four summary offenses. Utermoehlen pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence, driving without a license, operating a vehicle without insurance and accidents involving death or personal injury while unlicensed.

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