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South Point man now faces more prison time

July 16, 2018

IRONTON — A South Point, Ohio, man facing a four-year prison sentence apparently cut off his ankle monitor and now faces a lot more time in prison, according to Mike Gleichauf, an assistant Lawrence County prosecuting attorney.

Justin M. Wells, 29, of Township Road 1021, South Point, earlier pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin and was facing a recommended four-year prison sentence. The maximum sentence on the drug charge he admitted to is eight years.

Wells, who was subsequently arrested by court security after cutting off the monitor, could be indicted this week on charges of escape, vandalism and tampering with evidence, according to Gleichauf. The case will be presented to a Lawrence County grand jury scheduled to meet Monday and Tuesday, he said.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Andy Ballard set Wells’ bond at $250,000. A pretrial was set for July 18.

In unrelated cases, two people were sentenced to five years in prison.

Matthew W. Boettger, 32, of 3rd Street West, South Point, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft and was sentenced by Judge Charles “Chuck” Cooper. Boettger also was ordered to pay $1,000 restitution.

Randy L. Newcomb, 37, of the 1100 block of South 3rd Street, Ironton, also was sentenced by Cooper on four counts of trafficking in meth. Newcomb was given credit for 112 days already served toward the prison sentence.

In other cases:

• Carl E. Thompson, 41, of the 400 block of 29th Street, Ashland, pleaded guilty to illegal conveyance of prohibited items onto the grounds of a detention facility. He was sentenced by Ballard to two years in prison. The charge could run concurrent with a probation violation Thompson faces in Kentucky.

• Xavier M. Price, 28, of Township Road 1186, South Point, was sentenced by Ballard to two years in prison on four counts of trafficking in heroin.

• Brandon McComas, 21, of Riders Creek Road, Hurricane, West Virginia, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

• Andrea L. Neace, 32, of Township Road 113, Pedro, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to six months in prison.

• Rickey R. Stapleton, 57, of the 200 block of Hamilton Street, Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to trafficking in marijuana. He was placed on community control sanctions for

four years and was ordered to successfully complete up to a six-month program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

• Brenna Shavor, 36, of Township Road 1534, Proctorville, admitted violating community control sanctions and was ordered to complete the program at STAR. She also was ordered to do 200 hours of community service.

• Joshua Kelley, 32, of the 100 block of Center Street, Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to theft and was placed on community control sanctions for four years. Kelley was ordered to complete the program at STAR, do 200 hours of community service and pay $2,889 in restitution.

• Teresa A. Dillon, 47, of Ohio 243, Ironton, who earlier pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin and complicity to trafficking in heroin, was placed on community control sanctions for four years. She also was ordered to complete the program at STAR.

• Richard L. Heaberlin II, 49, of Ora Richey Road, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions. Final sentencing was set for Aug. 1.

• Misty L. Robinson, 43, of the 2200 block of North 5th Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty in a drug case. She was given treatment in lieu of prison requiring her to stay drug and alcohol free for a year and get drug abuse counseling.

• Stephen E. Branch, 27, of Township Road 615, South Point, pleaded guilty to possession of meth. He was placed on treatment in lieu of prison.

• Shane A. Jenkins, 27, of Township Road 111, Ironton, pleaded innocent to possession of meth. A $25,000 signature bond was set. He was placed on house arrest pending a further court appearance.

• Michael Parks, 41, pleaded innocent to a charge of possession of meth. Bond was set at $1,000.

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