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Ironton man sentenced in theft case

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- An Ironton area man described by his lawyer as a kleptomaniac was sentenced Wednesday to five years in jail during a hearing in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Gregory Cox Jr., 32, of County Road 21, Ironton, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, grand theft, two counts of tampering with evidence and resisting arrest. He also was ordered by Judge D. Scott Bowling to pay $500 in restitution, court costs I and was given credit for time served since May 31.

His lawyer, Warren "Butch" Morford of South Point, said his client has a history of stealing motor vehicles and can't seem to control himself around them.

Cox, who also faces charges in Kentucky, admitted stealing or being in possession of a 32-foot camper, a Jeep Wrangler and a John Deere Gator. He admitted having a problem and asked for help.

Bowling said he could get what assistance he could from prison authorities and said Cox was lucky Ohio didn't have a three-strikes law that would have seen him going to prison for life.

In other cases:

Jerry R. Blevins, 18, of the 600 block of S. 8th Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and tampering with evidence. He admitted breaking into Frogtown, an Ironton bar and restaurant, and stealing $3,900 being set aside for wounded veterans.

Judge Charles "Chuck" Cooper sentenced him to three years in prison. He ordered Blevins to pay court costs and pay $3,900 with other defendants in the case.

Phillip Morrison, 41, of the 400 block of Etna Street, Ironton, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for three counts of trafficking in drugs.

Eddie Estep, 31, of Township Road 615, South Point, was sentenced to six months in prison for violating community control sanctions.

Andrea M. Ross, 24, of County Road 1, South Point, was sentenced to sight months in prison, but will be transferred to the STAR Community Justice Center in Franklin Furnace, Ohio, once a bed becomes available.

Didrie Riffe, 40, of the 100 block of Lincoln Street, Coal Grove, admitted violating community control sanctions and was ordered to complete the program at STAR. Riffe will stay in jail until a bed becomes available.

Kayla Burke, 28, of the 3100 block of S. 5th Street, Ironton, pleaded not guilty to three drug trafficking charges and a drug possession charge. Bond was set at $20,000.

Sara Woomer, 27, of Mason, W.Va., had her bond increased from $50,000 to $150,000 after testing positive for drugs. She rejected a plea deal in a drug case that could have sent her to prison for nine months or for 12 months with the possibility of early release after six months. The case is set for trial Aug. 12.