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Ohio residents sentenced after entering guilty pleas

September 15, 2018

IRONTON - A South Point, Ohio, man was sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court to five years in prison on two counts of burglary and a community control sanction violation.

Justin Hackworth, 19, of Township Road 615, South Point, pleaded guilty to the three charges. He was sentenced in the case by Judge Charles “Chuck” Cooper. As part of the plea deal, Hackworth will be eligible to file for early release to the STAR Community Justice Center in Franklin Furnace, Ohio, after serving two years in prison.

He could spend up to six months in the program at STAR before being placed on probation.

In an unrelated case, Breianna N. May, 18, of Ohio 141, Willow Wood, a former student at Symmes Valley High School, was sentenced by Cooper to four years in prison for inducing panic.

May admitted earlier to making a bomb threat at the high school on Feb. 21.

In other cases:

n Ryan Russell, 44, of the 2100 block of North 2nd Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in drugs and was sentenced by Judge Andy Ballard to three years in prison, according to the office of Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson.

n Roy G. Berry, 38, of Township Road 1006, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property. He was placed on community control sanctions for four years and ordered to complete the program at STAR.

n Michelle N. Curry, 37, of the 100 block of Wilson Drive, Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (9.5 grams of meth). Final sentencing was set for Oct. 3. She faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

n George D. Bowen, 40, of the 1000 block of McGovney Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs. He was placed on community control sanctions for four years and ordered to complete the program at STAR.

n Deborah L. Douglas, 39, of Township Road 1211, South Point, admitted violating community control sanctions. Her community control sanctions were extended and she was ordered to complete the program at STAR.

n Ryan K. Edwards, 43, of Proctorville, pleaded innocent to a charge of theft of a motor vehicle. Bond was set at $2,500. If released on bond, he will be required to get drug abuse treatment counseling.

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