By: Ralph B. DavisManaging Editor
August 28, 2012
WILLIAMSON - Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler experienced a full court docket on Tuesday, as a total of 19 defendants were scheduled to appear in his courtroom. The outcome of those cases is as follows.
Bobby D. Cantrell, who was charged with breaking and entering other than a dwelling and grand larceny waived his right to a trial and will have his case presented to the grand jury. Ronnie M. Hatfield was scheduled for a trial in magistrate court during Tuesday’s proceedings but instead, found the 9 counts against him for reasons of violating an emergency protection order (EPO) dismissed without prejudice (meaning that the charges may be reinstated) because of the arresting officer failing to appear in court. According to information provided by the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department, the deputy if currently off of work due to an injury.
The case against Ricky Lee Gauze Jr. that included charges of DUI 2nd offense, driving on a suspended license for reasons of DUI and operating an ATV left of center was continued to a later date. The defendant was attending the funeral of a family member.
Edgar Arnold Hall, Jr., who was arrested on one count of DUI, had the charges dismissed without prejudice due to the officer failing to appear. Amanda Cox entered a guilty plea to 1 count of domestic battery and received credit for time served. Jimmy Sincell, Jr. had the single count of domestic battery dismissed against him for reasons of the arresting officer failing to appear for the hearing. Buddy Ray Griffith pled guilty to DUI and was sentenced to serve 30 days in the Southwestern Regional Jail.
Brandon White entered a guilty plea to obtaining goods under false pretenses and will be incarcerated for a period of 1 year. Phillip Neace pled guilty before Magistrate Toler to 1 count of obstructing an officer and another single count of driving on a license suspended for reasons of DUI, 2nd offense. The defendant was sentenced to 1 year in jail and was ordered to pay a fine of $500 plus court costs. Franklin Neace, father of Phillip, received 30 days home confinement and was issued a fine of $200 after pleading guilty to 1 count of assault on a police officer.
Donald Ray Stevens, who was arrested on charges of conspiracy to disclose intercept, had his preliminary hearing continued to a later date and was ordered to retain legal counsel to represent him in this matter. A capias warrant was issued for Danny Lee Moore, who failed to appear for his preliminary hearing regarding charges of driving on a suspended license, DUI 3rd offense and speeding.
Kayla Ellis pled guilty to a citation of simple possession and received credit for time served. Steven Hyden, Jr. entered a guilty plea on 1 count of driving on a suspended license for reasons of DUI, 1st offense. The case involving charges of night time burglary and petit larceny against Allen Spry were continued, as were the charges against James Spurlock and his wife Mary that stemmed from an investigation into alleged child concealment.