Contempt of court results in jail time

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Acting inappropriately in court earned a Paris man an immediate jail sentence.

Eddie D. Shelton, 34, Paris, was in custody of the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department for the Sept. 27 felony and traffic court call. However, Shelton never made it to the bench on his charges.

According to court records, he was found in direct civil contempt of court for his language and actions while sitting in the courtroom waiting for his case to be called. Contempt of court is the offense of being disobedient to or discourteous toward a court of law and its officers in the form of behavior that opposes or defies the authority, justice and dignity of the court.

The judge ordered Shelton to serve 25 days in jail without good conduct credit.

Shelton’s unresolved Class 3 felony failure to register as a sex offender and a Class 4 felony aggravated assault charges were continued for a pretrial conference, and he was remanded to custody to serve the contempt sentence.

Other individual appearing before the bench for the Sept. 24 and Sept. 27 calls included:

In Custody

-Alexandra J. Behiter, 24, Brocton, appeared in custody and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony threatening a public official, a Class 3 felony aggravated battery, a Class A misdemeanor battery, a Class A misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe, a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a Class C misdemeanor assault charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

In another matter, Behiter was charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe. The public defender was appointed and she pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand. Bond was set at $2,500 and she will receive $30 credit for every day served. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference. Behiter was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Vernon R. Buchanan, 42, Paris, appeared in custody. His unresolved charge of a Class 3 felony unlawful failure to report as a sex offender was continued for a pretrial conference.

In another matter, Buchanan was charged with a Class 2 felony aggravated battery. The public defender was appointed as counsel, and bond was set at $15,000 for both cases. The preliminary hearing was scheduled and Buchanan was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Chase M. Hayworth, 27, Paris, appeared in custody and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe charges. The matter was continued for a motion hearing.

In another case, Hayworth’s unresolved Class 2 felony burglary, Class 4 felony criminal trespassing and a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs charges were continued for a pretrial conference. A hearing was scheduled for the petitions to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 2 felony arson and two Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance convictions. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Ty M. Keller, 24, Paris, appeared in custody. He was charged with a Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery, a Class 3 felony aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony aggravated unlawful restraint and a Class A misdemeanor resisting a police officer. The public defender was appointed. He waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand. Bond was reduced to $7,500 from the original bond of $15,000 and Keller was ordered to have no contact with the apparent victim. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

In another case, Keller admitted a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction. The matter was continued for a sentencing hearing. Keller was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Amber Osborne, 40, Terre Haute, Ind., appeared in custody. She is serving jail time for a Class 2 felony delivery of methamphetamine conviction. The jail time was reduced to eight days in jail with good conduct credit to apply from the original 148 days in jail. A status review hearing was scheduled, and she was remanded to custody to serve the remaining time.

-Kevin R. Reeves, 31, Effingham, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class A misdemeanor violating an order of protection after being served. The public defender was appointed and a not guilty plea with jury trial demand was entered. Reeves was released on a personal recognizance bond due to health issues. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Justin D. Robison, 30, Vermilion, appeared in custody for missing a sentencing hearing for his Class 2 felony burglary conviction. A new sentencing hearing was scheduled, and he was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Roxanna L. Smith, 45, Terre Haute, Ind., appeared in custody and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge and a Class A misdemeanor driving on suspended license charge. Her bond was reduced to $2,500 from the original bond of $5,000. She was granted $30 daily credit for time already served in jail and ordered released from custody

-Charles G. Wells Jr., 19, Paris, appeared in custody. He was charged with a Class 4 felony criminal damage to property. The public defender was appointed and bond was set at $2,500. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

In another matter, Wells pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor theft charge. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. He was ordered to have no contact with Circle K. Wells was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

Charges

-Kirk R. Ayres, 33, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. The public defender was appointed and a first appearance with counsel was scheduled.

-Taylor M. Donovan, 21, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. The public defender was appointed and a first appearance with counsel was scheduled.

-Ralph D. Irwin, 80, Paris, was charged with a Class B misdemeanor drivers license expired longer than one year. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Angela J. Jordan, 42, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Howard P. Kiser, 44, Villa Grove, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor theft and a Class A misdemeanor resisting a police officer. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Dana D. Lee, 47, Paris, was charged with two counts of a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Mathew W. Minard, 22, Terre Haute, Ind., was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a revoked license. The public defender was appointed. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Jeffrey P. Seafler, 48, Kansas, was presented with a petition to revoke his conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Angelica R. Whitaker, 19, Paris, was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor speeding. She was sentenced to a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

Guilty pleas

-Laura N. Dimond, 26, Terre Haute, Ind., pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor retail theft charge. She was sentenced to 12 months of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. Dimond was ordered to have no contact with the Paris Wal-Mart.

-Thomas L. Harrier, 44, Danville, pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor speeding charge. He was sentenced to a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Nichole J. Jones, 40, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. She was sentenced to 12 months of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Jamie L. Kennedy, 42, Paris, admitted a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class A misdemeanor theft conviction. A sentencing hearing was scheduled.

-Lewis O. Thiel, 34, Paris, entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. In exchange for the plea, a second DUI charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to 24 months of conditional discharge, 100 hours of community service work, a $750 fine, a $750 DUI equipment fee, court costs and various state fees. He was also ordered to complete 75 hours of counseling.

Not guilty pleas

-Trent B. Powell, 38, Brocton, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Scott A. Rhoads Jr., 30, Paris, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 4 felony aggravated driving while license revoked charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Ashley K. Whitley, 35, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor retail theft charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Other matters

-James A. Jones, 49, Springfield, learned the court quashed the warrant for his arrest. His fines and court costs are paid in full for a Class A misdemeanor speeding conviction.

-Aaron D. Mullenix, 44, Paris, was resentenced on his Class 2 felony possession of methamphetamine conviction after previously admitting a petition to revoke the original sentence. He was resentenced to 180 days in jail with 82 days to be served as electronic home monitoring under work release rules and the remaining time is subject to a motion to vacate, two years of probation and ordered to pay all previous financial obligations. He was additionally ordered to complete counseling per an evaluation.

-Robert J. Pembor, 37, Paris, was resentenced on his Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction after previously admitting a petition to revoke his original sentence. He was resentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with credit for 52 days previously served and was ordered to report to the county jail at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 to begin his prison sentence. In exchange for the plea, his Class A misdemeanor criminal trespassing and Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges were dismissed.

-Jacob K. Wernz, 26, Paris, failed to appear and the court imposed a four-day jail sentence attached to his Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe conviction. A no-bond warrant was issued for his arrest.

-Latisha Kay Winkler, 39, Marshall, failed to appear and the court imposed a 10-day jail sentence attached to her Class A misdemeanor driving on a revoked license conviction. A no-bond warrant was issued for her arrest.

Warrants

Warrants were ordered prepared and issued when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Richard C. Ausman, 33, Paris; Michael P. Griffin, 30, Paris; Bruce L. Hunt, 38, Paris; Marilyn N. Ingram, 58, Chrisman; Chelsea C. Lee, 42, Mattoon; Lisa D. Murr, 44, Brazil, Ind.; Kassady C. Neibarger, 29, Paris; Cameron R., Prouse, 27, Paris; and Dustin Wayne Sallee, 37, Kansas.