2013-01-30 / Local & State

Judge Van Horn Holds Court Session

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

Judge Carol L. Van Horn 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 22.

 Michael Keith Wilson appeared in court for sentencing on one count each of driving under the influence, illegally operating a vehicle without the ignition interlock and reckless driving. On one count of driving under the influence of alcohol, Wilson was ordered to complete 30 days to six months in the Franklin County Jail. The sentence will be followed by participation in the SCRAM program. A sentence of 90 days to six months was imposed for the violation involving the ignition interlock system. He will be paroled on completion of the minimum sentence and complete 20 hours of community service, ignition interlock program and alcohol highway safety school.

 James Benjamin Chesnut appeared for formal arraignment on two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and three summary offenses. Chesnut pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, a Tier 2 offense. Mandatory minimum sentence in connection with the case is 90 days incarceration and a $1,500 fine.

Chestnut told the court he was pulled over by a state police trooper on July, 4, 2012, for having a headlight out after drinking with some friends. He will be sentenced on February 19.

 Hakeem L. Jefferson waived arraignment on two counts of simple assault and one count each of recklessly endangering another person, harassment and endangering the welfare of children.

In a separate case, Jefferson waived formal arraignment proceedings held on three counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and three summary offenses. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and will reappear in court on April 9 for call of the criminal trial list.

 Derek Ray Long waived arraignment on two counts of simple assault and one count each of harassment and criminal mischief. Long entered a negotiated plea of guilty to simple assault by physical menace. He was ordered to complete 24 months probation and will pay $150 to the Fulton County Law Library and a $25- per-month supervision fee.

Long informed Judge Van Horn on December 26, 2012, he returned home after drinking and became involved in an argument with his girlfriend. He threw multiple items during the fight.

 Ryan Alan McWilliams waived arraignment and entered a not-guilty plea to driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence as a minor and four summary offenses. He was admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program and will complete a probation sentence. He also had his driving privileges revoked for a period of 90 days.

The court learned Mc- Williams was arrested on October 17, 2012, when he was pulled over by state police for swerving over the centerline and fog lines multiple times. He reportedly handed the trooper his debit card when asked for his driver’s license, performed poorly on field sobriety test and was eventually taken to the medical center for blood tests. His blood alcohol content was recorded at .140 percent.

 Sierra Lynn Perkins waived arraignment proceedings held on two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and six summary offenses. Perkins pleaded not guilty and was admitted into the ARD Program to complete a probationary sentence.

The court learned last Tuesday Perkins and another defendant in court, Bryan T. Stump Jr., were arrested following a date in Maryland where they had been drinking. Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall said that while driving through Fulton County, Perkins wrecked her automobile. Stump then got behind the vehicle’s wheel and crashed several miles away. They were found walking along the road by state police, Kendall said. Perkins and Stump’s blood alcohol content were recorded at .095 percent and .083 percent, respectively.

 Joseph Anthony Scavone appeared in court last Tuesday and entered a guilty plea to retail theft. Maximum penalty in the case is five years incarceration and a $10,000 fine.

 Cole Morton Seville was admitted into the ARD Program and will complete probationary sentence for driving under the influence of alcohol. Seville’s driving privileges were suspended for a 30-day period.

 Heather Marie Shore waived arraignment proceedings on one count each of theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception. She entered a not-guilty plea and will reappear in court on April 9 for call of the criminal trial list.

 Bryan T. Stump Jr. waived arraignment and entered a not-guilty plea to driving under the influence of alcohol and seven summary offenses. He was entered into the ARD program and will complete a probationary sentence.

According to District Attorney Kendall, Stump and another defendant in court, Sierra Perkins, were arrested following a date in Maryland where they had been drinking. While driving through Fulton County, Perkins reportedly wrecked her automobile. Stump then got behind the vehicle’s wheel and crashed several miles away. They were found walking along the road by state police, Kendall said. Perkins and Stump’s blood alcohol content were recorded at .095 percent and .083 percent, respectively.

 Tyler Vincent Swisher waived his right to arraignment and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, a Tier 1 second offense. Mandatory minimum sentence in the case is five days incarceration and a $300 fine. He will be sentenced on February 19.

 Roy Roger Martz Jr. appeared in court and admitted to violating a protectionfrom abuse order. Martz was paroled immediately after having completed eight days in the Franklin County Prison. He will complete four months in the SCRAM program at his own expense.

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