2012-03-22 / Local & State

Judge Walker Presides Over March 13 Court

STAFF REPORT

Senior Judge John R. Walker of the 39th Judicial District of the Fulton/ Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, March 13.

 Michael Glen Baughman Jr. was sentenced last Tuesday to 36 months of Intermediate Punishment, which will begin with five months incarceration in the Franklin County Prison. Credit was granted for time previously served. Baugh- man will undergo drug and alcohol treatment and complete 50 hours of community service. A $150 fine to Fulton County was also imposed in the case.

Baughman also appeared in court on two Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) termination hearings. In the first hearing, Baughman admitted to the violations. In the follow-up matter, he pleaded guilty to simple assault and was sentenced to 24 months probation, $50 to the Fulton County Law Library and restitution.

 Robert Charles Burton Jr. appeared for formal arraignment on one count each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Burton pled guilty to receiving stolen property and will be sentenced on May 1.

 Neil Richard Crouse charged with one count each of unsworn falsification to authorities and statement under penalty, waived mandatory arraignment proceedings. Crouse entered a guilty plea to unsworn falsification and was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine.

 Karen Marie Guyer waived arraignment and entered a plea of guilty to theft by deception. Sentencing will be at the call of the district attorney.

 Joseph Michael Hajostek was entered into the ARD program on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Hajostek will accordingly complete 12 months probation.

 Keith Wayne Morris waived arraignment proceedings held on one count each of criminal trespassing and public drunkenness. Morris pled guilty to disorderly conduct, loitering and prowling at night. He received a sentence of 12 months probation on each count, as well as a combined $100 fine to the Fulton County Law Library.

 Echo Renee Sipes pled guilty to controlled substance charges. She will be sentenced on May 1 following the completion of the presentence investigation report by the Fulton County Probation Department.

 Carroll James Brown appeared in court to request an extension for continued participation in the ARD program.

 Danielle Fleegle appeared for an ARD termination hearing and admitted to the violation. She is scheduled to reappear in court on July 10 for call of the criminal trial list.

 James Benjamin Chesnut appeared in court last Tuesday for a probation-violation hearing. Chesnut admitted to the violations and was sentenced to between two and six months in the Franklin County Prison. He was granted credit for time previously served.

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