Edgar County Circuit Court news Sept. 16 and 19

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A judge ordered prison time for an Indiana woman during the sentencing hearing for a serious drug felony conviction.

Jami H. Murdock, 33, Clinton, Ind., appeared Sept. 19 for sentencing on a Class 1 felony possession of methamphetamine more than 15 grams but less than 100 grams. She was sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with credit for 56 days previously served, court costs and various state fees.

In exchange for Murdock’s previous guilty plea, the state dismissed a Class X felony delivery of methamphetamine and a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance charges.

Other individuals appearing before the bench for the Sept. 16 and Sept. 19 criminal and traffic calls included:

In custody

-Jason R. Ball, 41, no address provided, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 2 felony failure to register as a sex offender and a Class 3 felony illegal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Christina J. Bapp, 23, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. The public defender was appointed and bond was set at $2,500. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel. Her bond conditions include she is to have no contact with the apparent victim or the victim’s residence. Bapp was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-William E. Barnett, 52, Foley, Ala., appeared in custody. His unresolved Class A misdemeanor theft and a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges were continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Eric J. Carter, 23, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 2 felony aggravated domestic battery and a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Cynthia D. Christopher, 54, Paris, appeared in custody. She was charged with a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The public defender was appointed. Bond was set at $1,500 and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel. She was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Ethan C. Ervin, 26, Rossville, appeared in custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections. He waived the preliminary hearing, pleaded guilty to a Class 2 felony burglary charge and was sentenced to four years in the IDOC to run concurrently with his Vermilion County conviction, a $500 fine, court costs and various state fees. He was remanded to custody of IDOC.

nDakota B. Furry, 24, Paris, appeared in custody. He was charged with a Class 2 felony burglary and a Class 3 felony theft. He told the court he will hire an attorney. The matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. Furry was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Nathan W. Hale, 31, Paris, appeared in custody and entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class 4 felony theft and a Class 4 felony criminal trespassing charges and was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on each conviction to run concurrently and credit for 109 days previously served, a $500 fine for both counts, court costs and various state fees. He was remanded to custody pending transportation to IDOC. In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed a Class 2 felony burglary charge.

-Spencer E. Haley, 28, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine, a Class 4 felony inducement of suicide and a Class 4 felony obstruction of justice. Bond was set at $25,000 and the matter continued for a first appearance with counsel. Haley was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Dustin Halfacre, 32, Rockville, Ind., appeared in custody for missing a previous court appearance. He admitted a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 1 felony residential burglary conviction and a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance conviction. He was granted a personal recognizance bond and the matter was continued for the sentencing hearing. He was remanded to custody pending release processing.

-Joshua D. Means, 26, Metcalf, appeared in custody, and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 4 felony criminal damage to property and a Class A misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges. He was granted a bond reduction to $5,000 from the original bond of $10,000. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference. Means was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Jeremy L. Stephens, 38, Oblong, appeared in custody of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and pleaded guilty to a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for two days previously served and the remaining time to be served concurrently with his Crawford County conviction, a $75 fine, court costs and various state fees. He was remanded to custody to serve his jail sentence.

Charges

-Candace L. Bell, 39, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke her probation sentence for a Class 2 felony delivery of methamphetamine conviction. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-John L. Bell, 37, Terre Haute, Ind., was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Ferrell W. Boren, 51, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Charles D. Brookins, 58, Kansas, 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.

-Dallas D. Deweese, 50, Paris, was charged with a Class 3 felony failure to return from a furlough. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

-Courtni A. Hays, 33, Paris, was charged with a Class 2 felony theft. She has hired an attorney. The matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

-Avery M. Morgan, 27, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. The public defender got the case and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Mark D. Morris, 25, Paris, was charged with a Class 4 felony obstruction of justice, a Class A misdemeanor fleeing from police and a Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property. The public defender was appoiontedand the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

-Danielle L. Stone, 37, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe. The public defender was appointed. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

Guilty pleas

-Keith A. Addcox, 32, Paris, entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class 3 felony aggravated battery charge. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail with credit for three days previously served with 84 days to be served as electronic home monitoring and the balance subject to the court’s discretion, two years of probation, a $500 fine, court costs and various state fees, an order to obtain counseling per an evaluation and another order prohibiting contact with the apparent victim. In exchange for the guilty plea, a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery charge was dismissed.

-Victoria S. Bynum, 18, Champaign, was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident. She was sentenced to one year of court supervision, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. She was also ordered to complete a traffic safety course.

-Blake German, 20, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing. He was sentenced to two days in jail with good conduct credit to apply with credit for one day previously served, one year of conditional discharge, a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees.

In another matter, German pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor violating an order of protection after being served. He was sentenced to four days in jail with credit for two days served with good conduct credit to apply, 18 months conditional discharge to be served concurrently with his previous conviction, a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees. In both cases, he was ordered to have no contact with the apparent victim or the victim’s residence.

-Sarah M. Prater, 30, Charleston, admitted to a petition to revoke her conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction. She was resentenced to 90 days in jail subject to the court’s discretion, 18 months of conditional discharge and ordered to pay all previous financial obligations.

In another matter, the state withdrew a petition to revoke Prater’s conditional discharge sentence for a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct conviction. The conditional discharge was terminated and the case was closed.

Prater also admitted to a petition to revoke her conditional discharge sentence for a second Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction. She was resentenced to 90 days in jail subject to the court’s discretion and 18 months of conditional discharge to be served concurrently with her previous conviction, 100 hours of community service work and she was ordered to pay all previous financial obligations.

-Venncint J. Sanders, 20, Danville, was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor speeding. He was sentenced to a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Matthew A. Spittler, 45, Martinsville, was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor speeding. He was sentenced to a $500 fine, court costs and various state fees.

Not guilty pleas

-Zachariah E. Fitzgerald, 31, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to two counts of a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Jason R. Hill, 41, Chrisman, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Evan J. Kispert, 20, Paris, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance charge. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Tosha N. Lowry, 29, Paris, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine, a Class A misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe and a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charges. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Phillip J. Mohler, 65, St. Bernice, Ind., denied a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 2 felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol conviction. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Jessica Lynn Wallace, 38, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

Other matters

-Herman D. Dillion, 48, Paris, failed to appear and was sentenced to 30 days in jail with good conduct credit to apply attached to his Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct conviction. A no-bond arrest warrant was issued.

-Vance E. Plew, 24, Taylorville, was sentenced on a Class 4 felony domestic battery with prior convictions to 180 days in jail with credit for 295 days previously served, two years of probation, a $500 fine, court costs, various state fees and orders to continue his current medication and continue mental health counseling.

Warrants

Warrants were prepared and issued when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Kyle N. Carter-Alvis, 26, Kansas; Angelina D. Cianfaglione, 36, Paris; Sherry L. Furgerson, 63, Paris; James D. Hoge, 73, Paris; John J. Hollingsworth, 49, Paris; Ethan T. Johnson, 21, Paris; Christina L. Kemper, 47, Paris; Roman A. Komnev, 31, Chrisman; Courtney J. Mills, 23, Charleston; Dawn M. Ordiway, 35, Paris; Travis S. Posey, 37, Paris; Lasha M. Hillyer Watson, 34, Paris; Charles G. Wells, 19, Paris; and Brittany N. Wilson, 29, Paris.