2014-01-30 / Local & State

Court Session Held January 21


Judge Douglas W. Herman of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton/Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held on Tuesday, January 21.

 Steven Victor Anderson appeared for sentencing last Tuesday and was ordered to complete between 72 hours and six months in the Franklin County Jail for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Anderson will pay a $1,000 fine as well as $307 to Fulton County, $92 to Fulton County Medical Center and $176 to the Pennsylvania State Police. An additional charge of failure to notify police of an accident carries an additional $25 fine.

 Brandon Wade Baughman appeared for sentencing for a 2013 burglary case. Baughman will complete 36 months probation and pay $5,716.30 in restitution. In addition, the defense is requesting a restitution hearing in the matter.

 Ryan Matthew Little was sentenced to 48 hours to six months in the Franklin County Jail for driving under the influence. He will pay a $500 fine as well.

 Ryan Alan McWilliams was removed from the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program and was resentenced for a 2012 case involving driving under the influence. McWilliams will complete between 48 hours and six months in the Franklin County Jail. He will pay a $500 fine and $92 to Fulton County Medical Center for blood testing.

 James Benjamin Chesnut III appeared for formal arraignment on one count each of burglary, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief as well as two counts of theft by unlawful taking. Chesnut pleaded guilty to burglary, which involved breaking into his uncle’s shop by prying off the lock on April 1, 2013. He told the court he loaded copper into his uncle’s truck and drove it into the woods so he could later hock and sell it for heroin. Chesnut will be sentenced February 25.

 Patricia Elyse DeShong waived arraignment and pleaded guilty to false identification to law enforcement authorities. DeShong said last August she got into an argument and when the police were called she gave false information because she was on parole. She was sentenced to 12 months probation, and the sentence will run concurrently with a sentence previously imposed in Franklin County.

 Michael Lee Shrader appeared for formal arraignment proceedings held on two counts each of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Shrader pleaded guilty to theft and told the court that last October he conspired with several codefendants to steal an enclosed vehicle trailer that contained a Porsche. The Porsche was ran down an embankment and covered with trees, and the trailer was cut up in order to be scraped in Hancock, Shrader said. He will be sentenced February 25.

Shrader also appeared for arraignment on a separate case involving two counts of harassment and one count of terroristic threats. Shrader pleaded guilty to terroristic threats and admitted in court to threatening a woman with bodily injury in a phone message following an argument. Sentencing was again set for February 25.

 Aleyha Shawnte Wall waived her right to formal arraignment and entered a not-guilty plea to two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault and four counts of harassment. She will next appear in court on April 8 for call of the criminal trial list.

 Christopher Lynn Shives Jr. appeared for a probation violation hearing, during which he admitted to having tested positive for drug use during a meeting with probation officers on January 13. Shives was resentenced to two to 12 months in the Franklin County Jail. Credit was granted for time previously served.

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