ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Several pleas were heard and sentences handed down at Belmont County Common Pleas Court. Judge John M. Solovan II presided.
Tyler Wayne Barker, 19, 55558 Marrits Road, Bellaire, pleaded guilty to burglary, a felony of the second degree occurring June 20, 2012. Sentencing was set for Nov. 30. He faces a maximum of 36 months. An EOCC evaluation and Crossroads evaluation were ordered.
John Charles Fortner, 37, 2632 Park Avenue, Johnson City, TN, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to one count importuning, a felony of the fifth degree occurring April 5, 2012, and one count attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a felony of the fifth degree.
His plea agreement was set for Nov. 9, trial Dec. 11.
Joseph Scott Hess, 22, 187 North State Route 2, New Martinsville, pleaded guilty to theft of more than $1,000 and less than $75 hundred from Wal Mart, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Feb. 22, 2012. He will be sentenced this Tuesday.
Charles Leon Johnson, 32, incarcerated in Lucasville, will go to trial Nov. 20 for aggravated assault, a felony of the fourth degree occurring Dec. 15, 2011.
Andrea Lynn Kaufman, 48, 13396 Gar Highway, Chardin, was sentenced for the illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility, a felony of the third degree. She was given three years of community controls, 12 months of intensive supervised probation and 24 months of probation for a total cost of $1,080.
James Lee Rouse, 50, Bridgeport, currently incarcerated in St. Clairsville, was sentenced on one count domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree occurring June 7, 2012. Solovan noted that Rouse's history includes prior cases of domestic violence. Rouse will serve up to six months in the county jail with credit for 113 days served, then six months EOCC. Afterward he will be subject to 12 months intensive supervised probation, then 30 months probation for a total cost of $960.
Kyle Nicholas Vinka, 22, 843 41st Street, Bellaire, pleaded guilty to burglary, a felony of the third degree occurring July 27, 2012. A pre-sentence investigation, victims impact statement and EOCC evaluation were ordered. Sentence was set for Nov. 30. He faces a maximum of 36 months.
George Howard Pyles III, 27, 220 North Seventh Street, Martins Ferry, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to one count felonious assault of a child, a felony of the second degree occurring Dec. 31, 2011.
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