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Solovan hands out sentences

July 21, 2012
By ROBERT A. DEFRANK - Times Leader Staff Writer ( , Times Leader

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Belmont County Common Pleas Court saw several theft and drug related sentences during yesterday's session. Judge John M. Solovan II presided.

William Lee Fleming, 29, 1475 Belmont St., Bellaire, was sentenced on one count of burglary, a felony of the second degree occurring March 6, 2012. He was given a sentence of five years. Fleming is facing pending charges of burglary and receiving stolen property. Solovan noted his history, which includes five felony burglary convictions, theft, vandalism, and resisting arrest. He added that Fleming has demonstrated an escalating pattern of violating others' homes at the risk of causing injury.

"Burglary is a significant offense. People can get harmed as a result of it," Solovan said.

Benjamin William Primis, 23, 4553 Harrison St., Bellaire, was sentenced for possession of drugs and receiving stolen property, felonies of the fifth degree, and a second degree drug possession charge, and illegal conveyance of drugs into a correction facility, a felony of the third degree.

He was sentenced to 12 months for each of the two possession charges and the conveyance charge, and four years for the second degree offense. They will be served concurrently for a total of four years. Sentence is deferred pending the disposition of federal criminal charges he faces in the Northern District Federal Court in Wheeling. He will forfeit $7,820 and was fined $7,500.

James Michael Williams, 29, 310 Harrison Avenue, Cadiz, was sentenced to five years community based controls for disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and importuning, felonies of the fifth degree occurring Jan. 14, 2012.

The offense is Tier 1. He will spend up to 60 days in jail and six months EOCC.

James Andrew Monogioudis II, 31, 416 Heiland Avenue, Yorkville, pleaded guilty to possession of less than one gram of heroin, a felony of the fifth degree occurring March 10, 2012. He faces up to one year in the penitentiary. A pre-sentence investigation and EOCC evaluation were ordered. Sentence was set for Aug. 31. He also faces charges of fleeing and eluding in county court.

Daniel Lee Forinash, 44, incarcerated, was sentenced for failing to give notice of change of address as a sexually oriented offender, a felony of the third degree occurring Feb. 21, 2012. He was given a sentence of five years of community control sanctions. He will serve up to six months in Belmont County Jail followed by six months EOCC. Afterward, he will be subject to 12 months of intensive supervised probation and 36 months probation. His history includes child molestation and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

Andrea Lynn Kaugman, 47, 13396 Gar Highway, Chardon, pleaded guilty to illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of the Belmont Corrections Institute, a felony of the third degree occurring April 27, 2012. She faces a up to 36 months. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Sentence was set for Sept. 28, 2012.

Jason Leroy Falcone, 29, incarcerated, saw the revocation of his probation. He was sentenced to four years with credit for 791 days. He was originally convicted of failing to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a felony of the third degree occurring Feb. 12, 2010. He violated his community controls by escaping EOCC.

Keith Streets, 35, 108 E. Monroe St., Paden City, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to a count of theft from Wal Mart, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Feb. 22, 2012. He is one of four co-defendants. Plea agreement deadline was scheduled for Aug. 17 and trial Aug. 28. Bond was set at $25,000.

A warrant was issued for George Howard Pyles III, 27, 220 N. 7th St., Martins Ferry.

A warrant was issued for David Patrick Cope, 47, 808 Main St., Toronto.

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