Paris woman’s probation revoked; going to prison

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Ciera N. Prouse’s inability to comply with probation has resulted in the court taking the next step and sending her to prison for 18 months.

Prouse, 27, Paris, appeared in custody for the April 29 criminal and traffic call in Edgar County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to a Class 4 felony criminal trespassing and a Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property charges. She was sentenced in the felony matter to 18 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections with credit for 11 days previously served, a $500 fine, court costs and various state fees. For the Class A misdemeanor, she received 30 days in jail subject to the court’s discretion, 18 months of conditional discharge, court costs and various state fees.

Prouse was also presented with and admitted a petition to revoke her probation sentence for a Class 4 felony theft conviction. The court gave her an 18-month concurrent DOC sentence.

Another concurrent 18-month sentence was handed down in a second Class 4 felony theft conviction that also had probation revoked.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed a Class 4 felony violating an order of protection charge.

Other individuals appearing before the bench on April 29 and May 2 included:

In Custody

-Anthony R. Ballard, 31, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery and a Class A misdemeanor interfering with the reporting of domestic battery. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel. Bond was set at $5,000, and he was ordered to have no contact with the apparent victim as a condition of bond. Ballard was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Damien C. Hays, 25, Paris, appeared in custody for missing a status review hearing for his Class A misdemeanor battery conviction. The case was referred to collections and Hays was released on a personal recognizance bond.

-Lisa M. Holly, 35, Mahomet, appeared in custody. She pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery charge and was sentenced to 18 days in jail with credit for 18 days previously served, one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs, various state fees, an order to complete counseling per an assessment and an order to have no contact with the apparent victim. In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed a second Class A misdemeanor battery charge. She was remanded to custody pending release processing.

-David Lee Hunt, 63, Paris, appeared in custody for missing a previous court appearance. He was charged with a Class 1 felony bringing a controlled substance into a penal institution and a Class A misdemeanor resisting a police officer. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

In another matter, Hunt’s Class 4 felony aggravated driving on a revoked license conviction was continued for a status review hearing. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

nBradley N. King, 49, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 3 felony intimidation and a Class A misdemeanor reckless conduct. He told the court he will hire an attorney and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. Bond was set at $10,000, and King was ordered to have no contact with the apparent minor victims or their residence. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Christopher R. May, 36, Indianapolis, Ind., appeared in custody. He was charged with a Class X felony methamphetamine trafficking and a Class 1 felony possession of methamphetamine. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. May was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

In another matter, May’s unresolved Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Joshua D. Means, 26, Metcalf, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 1 felony residential burglary, a Class 2 felony possession of a stolen firearm and a Class 3 felony possession of a firearm 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.

-Stacey L. Mejean, 33, Bloomington, Ind., appeared in custody on a warrant for three counts of a Class 3 felony for failure to register as a convicted sex offender charge. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. She was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Jami H. Murdock, 33, Clinton, Ind., appeared in custody, waived the preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class X felony delivery of methamphetamine, a Class 1 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference, and he was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Jason W. Reeves, 41, Bridgeport, appeared in custody for missing a previous court appearance. His Class A misdemeanor driving on a revoked license conviction was continued for a status review hearing. He was released on a personal recognizance bond.

-Cody A. Rigdon, 29, Paris, appeared in custody, and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 2 felony theft of a motor vehicle and a Class 3 felony theft charges. He was granted a furlough from jail to attend residential treatment in a behavioral health facility when an opening occurs. Rigdon was specifically ordered to return to jail when dismissed from treatment. His unresolved Class 3 felony aggravated battery, Class A misdemeanor battery, Class A misdemeanor theft and Class A misdemeanor violating an order of protection charges were continued for a pretrial conference. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Roxanne M. Rigdon, 37, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The public defender was appointed and a first appearance with counsel was scheduled. Rigdon was granted a personal recognizance bond and was remanded to custody pending release processing.

-Heidi Jo Smith, 45, Danville, appeared in custody for missing a previous court appearance. Her Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction was referred to the collection agency. Smith was released on a personal recognizance bond.

Charges

-Gwyneth F. Blair, 18, Paris, was charged with a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

nRichard E. Brady, 33, Kansas, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor battery. He told the court he will hire an attorney. A first appearance with counsel was scheduled.

-Riley A. Dunnagan, 21, Jacksonville, was charged and pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor speeding. He was sentenced to a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Mary K. Floyd, 16, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. She told the court she will hire an attorney and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

nShawn Laufman, no age or address provided, was charged with a Class 4 felony violating an order of protection. The public defender was appointed. The matter was continued for the preliminary hearing.

-Nathan W. Pardi, 20, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-James Pine, 36, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor violating an order of protection. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

Guilty pleas

-Phillip E. Johnson III, 28, Georgetown, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Christopher L. Reedy, 44, Paris, entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 150 days in jail with credit for 26 days previously served, 23 days to be served under work release rules and the remaining time subject to the court’s discretion, two years of first-offender probation, a $500 fine, 10 hours of community service work, court costs, various state fees, an order to complete counseling per an evaluation and an order to forfeit all items seized at the time of his arrest. In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed a Class 4 felony obstruction of justice, a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery and a Class A misdemeanor resisting a police officer charges.

-Katrisha D. Stapp, 26, Paris, entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class 4 felony possession of cannabis and was sentenced to 150 days in jail with 60 days to be served as electronic home monitoring with work release and the remaining 90 days subject to the court’s discretion, two years of first-offender probation, a $500 fine, 10 hours of community service work, court costs, various state fees, an order to complete counseling per an evaluation and an order to forfeit items seized at the time of her arrest. In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed a Class 3 felony manufacturing cannabis charge.

-Anthony L. Wilson, 18, Chrisman, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor speeding. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees.

Not guilty pleas

-James R. Finger, 48, Lebanon, Ind., pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to two counts of a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol charges. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Zachariah E. Fitzgerald, 31, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor aggravated assault and a Class C misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The matter was continued for a hearing on a motion to modify bond.

-Robert Allyn Newby, 53, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to two counts of a Class 4 felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and two counts of a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Michael A. Starr, 32, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 4 felony reckless discharge of a firearm and a Class A misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a FOID card. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Steven D. Tarter, 25, Rantoul, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a revoked registration charge. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-John W. Waterman, 45, Clinton, Ind., pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine and a Class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charges. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

Other matters

-Brendan Connors, 48, Charleston, learned the arrest warrant for his failure to appear in court was quashed. His unresolved Class A misdemeanor retail theft charge was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Angela J. Jordan, 43, Paris, learned the state withdrew a petition to revoke her conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property conviction.

-Steven K. Pruitt, 34, Georgetown, failed to appear. The court imposed a 40-day jail sentence attached to his Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction. A warrant for his arrest was issued.

-Brittney R. Rechkemmer, 28, Paris, learned the state dismissed a Class A misdemeanor unlawful display of a title charge. The case was closed.

Warrants

Warrants were ordered when the following individuals failed to answer the court call: Jamie E. Adams, 37, Paris; Johnathon D. Leonard, 40, Kansas; Jessica L. McCullough, no age provided, Terre Haute, Ind.; Tabitha Munds, 22, Paris; and Danielle L. Sass, 33, Paris.