2012-02-16 / Local & State

Judge Walsh Presides Over Court Session

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

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, February 7.

 Charles Lee Mathis Jr. was sentenced last Tuesday on one count each of burglary and defiant trespass. Apologizing for his actions, Mathis told the court he hoped to better himself and would like to apologize to his victims. The judge ordered him to 27 to 60 months in a state correctional institution, and credit was granted for time served. He will also be eligible to participate in the RRRI program.

In addition, Mathis will pay a $300 fine, $250 for DNA testing and a $25-per-month supervision fee. A $150 fine was imposed for defiant trespass.

 Brandi Renee Schetrompf appeared in court for unsworn falsification to authorities. Schetrompf was ordered to 12 months probation and 40 hours of community service. She will pay $200 to the Fulton County Law Library and a $25-permonth supervision fee.

 Lance Mellott appeared for sentencing on charges of receiving stolen property. The matter was continued until February 21.

 Loren Andrew Barclay waived his right to formal arraignment on charges of theft by unlawful taking, agricultural vandalism and agricultural trespassing. Barclay pleaded guilty to theft, which carries a maximum penalty of one year incarceration and a $2,500 fine. He told the court he trespassed on a property on December 3, 2011, and tried to take a Christmas tree. He added, however, the tree had already been cut down.

District Attorney Travis Kendall disputed that the landowner found a freshly cut tree on site as well as Barclay’s Sawzall. The tree was considered taken from the point it was cut, he added.

The judge instructed Barclay and his attorney to discuss his plea and admission of guilt further. Not appearing before the judge again on Tuesday, it is likely the case will reappear on the court docket for call of the criminal trial list on April 10.

 Brian A. Cutchall waived arraignment on three counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuafrom na, the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, resisting arrest and two summary offenses.

Cutchall pleaded guilty to possession of paraphernalia and driving under the influence, which carries a mandatory minimum of three days incarceration. He admitted to the court he had a baggie of marijuana in his pocket when he was stopped by police. Furthermore, a blood alcohol test performed at the hospital showed that both marijuana and Oxycodone were in his system. He will be sentenced on April 3.

 Leo R. Jones waived arraignment proceedings held on two counts of driving under the influence and three summary offenses. Jones was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program and will accordingly complete 12 months probation.

 James Lynn Junkins waived arraignment in two separate cases that involved terroristic threats, simple assault, defiant trespass, harassment, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking. Junkins entered a not-guilty plea and will next appear in court on April 10 for call of the criminal trial list.

 Aaron Steven Karle waived arraignment held on one count each of access-device fraud and theft by unlawful taking. Karle pleaded not guilty. He will appear in court for call of the criminal trial list on April 10.

 Dea Dee Mills appeared in court last Tuesday on two counts of simple assault and three counts of recklessly endangering another person. Mills pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault, which carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a $5,000 fine. She will be sentenced April 3.

 Jonathan D. Musselman waived arraignment and pleaded not guilty to burglary, criminal trespassing and theft by unlawful taking. He will next appear in county court on April 10 for call of the list.

 Nicoli Benjamin Wise waived arraignment on one count each of the possession of a small amount of marijuana and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Wise was admitted into the ARD program and will accordingly complete 12 months probation.

 William John Decyk III appeared for a probation/ parole-violation hearing. The matter was continued until the call of the district attorney.

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