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BREAKING NEWS

Judge Sargus hands down sentences

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Several sentences were handed down and pleas heard during Monday’s session of Belmont County Common Pleas Court. Judge Jennifer L. Sargus presided.

A nthony Wayne Albus, 26, 200 West 30th St., Shadyside, was sentenced on a count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Feb. 13, 2011. He was given a 12-month suspended sentence and three years of community based controls. He will complete a sex offender program.

Defense counsel asked Sargus to consider Albus’ lack of criminal history and the results of the pre-sentencing investigation which showed the offense to be an isolated incident happening within a 24-hour period.

Joseph N. Phillips, 50, 4278 Franklin St., Bellaire, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. He was sentenced to 12 months, backdated to Dec. 1 to be served concurrently with a sentence he is currently serving in West Virginia.

Christopher Allen Rock, 23, 72523 Droskey Road, St. Clairsville, saw his termination from drug court and was given a suspended one-year sentence and five years of community controls. A restitution plan will be established. He was convicted of breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Oct. 16, 2011.

Raymond Lewis Sulek, 70, 46827 East Almar Circle, St. Clairsville, pleaded guilty to a fourth OVI offense in six years, a felony of the fourth degree with a vehicle forfeiture occurring Nov. 14, 2012. Sentence was set for April 29. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered.

Eduardo Martin Williams, Jr., 38, 4432 Franklin Street, Bellaire, was sentenced on one count failure to comply with a police officer, a felony of the third degree occurring Oct. 12, 2012. He was given a suspended two-year sentence and will serve six months in jail, six months EOCC.

Teresa Luisa Wise, 36, 412 Woodland Court, Woodsfield, was terminated from drug court and given a five-year probationary sentence post dated to Nov. 8, 2010, with credit for 208 days. She was originally convicted of one count deception to obtain a dangerous drug, a felony of the fourth degree occurring July 27, 2010.

Lawrence Freeman, 47, 1515 Miller Avenue, Marion, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, a felony of the third degree with an automobile forfeiture. Sentence was set for April 29. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered.

Warrants were issued for:

Robert Louis Heil, 19, 52221 Buena Vista Drive, St. Clairsville

Roderick Lee Jones, 19, 119 Third St., Bridgeport

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com