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Fregiato hands down sentences

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Judge Frank Fregiato heard several pleas and handed down sentences during Monday’s session of Belmont County Common Pleas Court.

John David Henry, 55, St. Clairsville, was sentenced on one count of domestic violence, a felony of the third degree occurring Jan. 9, 2014. He was given a sentence of 36 months in the penitentiary with credit for time served. Fregiato noted Henry’s numerous priors, included multiple charges of domestic violence, as well as the severity of his latest offense.

Donaven Jaquan White, 18, 651 South Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, was sentenced for aggravated burglary, a felony of the third degree occurring May 27, 2014. He was given 36 months in the penitentiary, with 18 months suspended. Defense asked Fregiato to consider this was White’s first felony as an adult. Fregiato noted issues of attitude, pointing out disruptions in White jail stay and a failure to cooperate with the pre-sentence investigation.

Christopher Todd Carter, 26, 117 Walter St., Yorkville, was unable to reach plea agreement and will go to trial Sept. 4. He is charged with trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Dec. 2, 2013.

Chad Ernest Comas, 24, incarcerated, saw the revocation of his probation after admitting to a violation. He will serve the remaining 11 months of his sentence. This will include five months jail, six months EOCC. He was originally convicted of endangering children, a felony of the third degree occurring Sept. 1, 2011.

Nicole Marie Gust, 19, 3109 Washington St., Bellaire, was sentenced to 18 months in the penitentiary, suspended to three years off community controls. She was given a suspended sentence of six months jail, with 147 days of credit. She will serve six months EOCC. She was convicted of felonious assault, a felony of the fourth degree occurring May 9, 2013.

Lance Layton Lefler, 33, 810 Crestliner St., Conway, Arkansas, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree occurring July 4, 2014. Sentence was set for Sept. 2. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered. His recognizance bond was continued.

Ricky Joe McGuire, 24, 65160 School St., Neffs, saw a new plea agreement date set for Sept. 15 and trial for Oct. 2. He is charged with illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of a detention center, a felony of the third degree occurring Oct. 25, 2013.

William Russell Piper II, 24, 118 Third Avenue, Bellaire, pleaded guilty to one count trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree, and one count illegal manufacturing of drugs, a felony of the second degree occurring May 16, 2014. Sentence was set for Sept. 2. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered. He is currently under sentence in another case.

Joseph Edward Richards, 33 incarcerated, admitted to violating his probation and was sentenced to 10 months in the penitentiary. He was originally convicted of safecracking, a felony of the fourth degree occurring Sept. 12, 2011.

Franklin Dale Welch, 24, 46590 East Captina Highway Road, saw the termination of his treatment. A sentencing was set for Sept. 2. He was originally convicted of possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree occurring June 26, 2013. Another F-5 possession charge is pending. Defense asked Fregiato to consider Welch’s military service and that his issues with addiction began when he was overseas. Fregiato pointed out the deliberate planning involved in his treatment violations.

In addition, this past Friday Barbara Tittle, 40, incarcerated, appeared before Common Pleas Court Judge John M. Solovan II and pleaded guilty to endangering children, a felony of the third degree occurring May 15, 2014. Sentencing was set for Oct. 24.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com

Fregiato hands down sentences

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Several sentences were handed down during Monday’s session of Belmont County Common Pleas Court. Judge Frank Fregiato presided.

Darion Andrew Frazier, 23, 601 Whitely St., Bridgeport, was sentenced for felonious assault, a felony of the second degree occurring May 8, 2014. He was given the maximum sentence of eight years.

Frazier stabbed his victim 17 times, then continued his attack. The victim chose to speak at the sentencing, asking that Fregiato consider the lasting effects of the assault, the devastating emotional impact on family members, one of whom witnessed the attack. Court also noted the internal injuries and need for surgery afterward.

“The events that did happen that night, they dramatically changed my life.”

Defense asked Fregiato to consider that Frazier claimed to have blacked out before the assault, after having taken pills. Defense also noted that Frazier had been cooperative and pled to the indictment, which meant the charges were not reduced. He had no other felony convictions.

Frazier expressed remorse and the hope that the victim recovers.

“I just feel terrible that I did that,” he said. “I made a lot of mistakes in my life.”

Fregiato pointed out that the circumstances of the crime could not have been worse short of murder.

“For this crime, these facts are as bad as it gets.”

Fregiato also noted Frazier’s record, including assault, criminal trespassing, theft, resisting arrest and felonious assault. He also referred to the risk-assessment, concluding that Frazier had a high level risk of re-offending.

He wished the victim’s family well in carrying on in the aftermath

“If the law provided, I would have given him more,” he said to the victim.

Richard Lee Groskopf, 53, 516 Bennett St., Bridgeport, was sentenced for burglary, a felony of the fifth degree occurring March 31, 2014. He was given the maximum sentence of 12 months in the penitentiary. Fregiato noted Groskopf’s extensive record, including grand larceny, destruction of property, malicious killing of animals, numerous theft and driving related offenses, and that he had served a prior term in the penitentiary for breaking and entering.

John David Henry, 55, 110 Clark Avenue, St. Clairsville, pleaded guilty to domestic violence, a felony of the third degree occurring Jan. 9, 2014. Sentence was set for Aug. 18. A pre-sentence investigation, victim impact statement and EOCC evaluation were ordered.

Andrew Hython Jr., 50, 816 Vine St., Martins Ferry, was sentenced for trafficking in drugs, a felony of the third degree occurring Dec. 8, 2012. He was given three years of community controls. He will serve 30 days in jail, six months EOCC.

Michael Joseph Jones, 30, 601 Whitley St., Bridgeport, will resume his jail sentence and serve his remaining 86 days after failing counseling. He was originally convicted of trafficking in drugs a felony of the fourth degree occurring Nov. 24, 2012.

John Allen Marple, 28, 53242 Blaine-Barton Road, St. Clairsville, was sentenced on two counts of breaking and e ntering, a felony of the fifth degree occurring May 8, 2014. He was given 12 months in the penitentiary for each charge, to be served consecutively for 24 months. He was given credit for 71 days served. Fregiato noted that Marple had apparently committed a further crime while the felonies were pending.

Mark Duane McEndree, 27, 46393 Firehouse St., Belmont, pleaded guilty to intimidation of a witness, a felony of the third degree occurring April 28, 2014, burglary, a felony of the third degree, and domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree. Sentence was set for Aug. 18. A pre-sentence investigation and victim impact statement were ordered.

Ricky Joe McGuire, 24, 65160 School St., Neffs, saw his court dates re-set. He is charged with illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility, a felony of the third degree occurring Oct. 25, 2013. Status conference will be held Aug. 18, with plea agreement Sept. 15 and trial Oct. 12.

William Russell Piper, 22, 118 Third Avenue, Bellaire, was sentenced to 12 months in the penitentiary for violating his probation. He was originally convicted of receiving stolen property, a felony of the fourth degree occurring Dec. 17, 2012.

Donaven Jaquan White, 19, 651 South Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, pleaded guilty to robbery, a felony of the third degree occurring May 27, 2014. Sentencing was set for Aug. 18. A pre-sentence investigation, victim impact statement and EOCC evaluation were ordered.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleader online.com