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South Point woman sentenced in drug case

August 18, 2018

IRONTON - A South Point, Ohio, woman was sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court to two-and-a-half years in prison in a drug case.

Zenna Spitler, 50, of Gary Malone Street, South Point, pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs (meth). Two similar charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. She was sentenced in the case by Judge Charles “Chuck” Cooper.

In an unrelated case, Leo A. Ulery, 25, of the 300 block of Spruce Street, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced by Cooper to 23 months in prison. Ulery was given credit for time already served. A motion for judicial release to the STAR Community Justice Center after six months could be filed later.

In other cases:

n Urian Bennicker, 34, of the 700 block of Vernon Street, Ironton, rejected a plea offer of six years in prison if he were to plead guilty to complicity to trafficking in drugs. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Cooper also dismissed a motion to drop the charges based on Ohio’s Speedy Trial Act. The case is set for trial Sept. 24.

n Jepsey Murrell, 49, of Wilson Drive, Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (meth). He was placed on community control sanctions for four years. Murrell also was ordered to complete the program at STAR.

n William A. Howell, 43, of the 2000 block of South 7th Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (meth). He was placed on community control sanctions for four years and was ordered to complete a drug abuse counseling program at Mended Reeds in Ironton.

n Michael A. Lusk, 19, of County Road 52, Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (meth). He was placed on treatment in lieu of conviction, requiring him to stay drug and alcohol free for a year.

n Timothy Perkins, 56, no address listed, admitted violating community control counseling. He was ordered to get treatment at Mended Reeds, pay court costs and do 150 hours of community control counseling.

n Michael Carey, 44, of the 1700 block of North 2nd Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs (meth) and was given treatment in lieu of conviction. He was ordered to complete a counseling program at STAR and do 200 hours of community service.

n Chad Lloyd, 24, of South Charleston, West Virginia, pleaded innocent to two counts of theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of criminal simulation. Bond was set at $5,000.

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