ST. CLAIRSVILLE Sentences were handed down and pleas heard during Friday's session of Belmont County Common Pleas Court. Judge John M. Solovan II presided.
Vondell McCall, 31, 305 Mehaffey Court, Cambridge, was sentenced for illegal conveyance of prohibited items onto the grounds of a detention facility, a felony of the third degree occurring Sept. 2, 2013. Solovan noted McCall's extensive criminal record and drug and alcohol abuse. He was arrested while on bond. He was sentenced to 14 months in the penitentiary with credit for 96 days. He faces a pending domestic violence charge.
"I couldn't take a record such as yours and not consider the penitentiary."
Joquin Jabbar Prebble, 33, 230 Bennett St., was sentenced on one count of possession of drugs, a felony of the third degree occurring June 22, 2013. He was given a sentence of 24 months in the penitentiary. He had received a package from Las Angeles containing four large compressed bags of marijuana. He had a prior conviction for trafficking in drugs.
"Please, don't expect me to believe the story that you didn't know what was in the package," Solovan said. "That's a pretty sophisticated drug operation that was going on, and we don't want it here."
Judicial release is a possibility.
Mark Harold Hannahs, 45, 58955 Waterworks Road, Bethesda, pleaded guilty to complicity to safecracking, a felony of the fourth degree, complicity to breaking and entering and complicity to theft, both felonies of the fifth degree, and theft of a firearm, a felony of the third degree. A victim impact statement and pre-sentence investigation were ordered. Sentencing was set for March 14.
Brandon Michael Elliott, 22, 41 East 34th St., Shadyside, was terminated from drug court and sentenced for possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree occurring Oct. 4, 2012. He was given community control sanctions including 12 months jail, consecutive with a 12-month sentence imposed by another court. Elliott was given credit for 233 days.
Solovan noted repeated violations of the program including OVI.
"He has been a very difficult participant in the program," he said. "Your behavior has been outrageous, and you're only hurting yourself."
Jeremy Scott Brown, 24, 615 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a felony of the fourth degree occurring Feb. 1, 2013. Status conference was set for Jan. 31, with plea agreement Feb. 14 and trial Feb. 20. His $5,000 bond was continued with an additional $2,500 for a total of $7,500. He faces a maximum of 18 months and classification as a Tier 2 offender.
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