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Victim's plea puts woman behind bars

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- A woman who went to court Wednesday thinking she was going to get probation instead was sentenced to three years in prison following an impassioned plea by a victim and a ruling by the judge that she showed no remorse and took no responsibility for her actions.

Beverly K. Copley, 57, of County Road 70, Proctorville, pleaded guilty in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court to two counts of endangering children. Her husband, Donald Copley, earlier was sentenced to 60 years in prison on numerous rape charges over a number of years of three girls in his home.

As part of a plea agreement with Donald Copley, Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson agreed to dismiss a number of rape charges against Beverly Copley and amend two others to endangering children. Anderson agreed to recommend community control sanctions for four years and 200 hours of community service, however, the final decision on sentencing is at the judge's discretion.

Judge Charles "Chuck" Cooper cited a presentencing investigation of Beverly Copley in which she denied any criminal acts and showed a complete lack of remorse, and sentenced her to three years in prison on each felony charge with the sentences to run concurrently.

One of the victims urged Cooper to sentence Copley to prison despite the plea agreement with her husband.

The victim said she told Beverly Copley about the sexual abuse against her and two others.

She said Donald Copley molested her and she told Beverly Copley about the abuse seeking help. "In my eyes she failed miserably," she said. "I lost my innocence. No one reached out to us. She supported what he wanted."

"I believe she has really suffered," said Sterling Gill, a Columbus lawyer representing Copley. "I know she wants to make amends. She has no prior record."

In other cases:

A competency evaluation was ordered for Michael B. Thompson, 28, of County Road 56, South Point. He is charged with two counts of sexual battery and two counts of pandering sexual material involving a minor.

Joshua C. Jones, 33, of South Point, pleaded not guilty to a charge of endangering children. Bond in the case was set at $150,000.

Rene R. Bryan, 30, of Township Road 1186, South Point, pleaded not guilty to burglary. Bond was set at $70,000, and a pretrial was set for Feb. 13.

Tina Broughton, 33, of Township Road 616, South Point, pleaded not guilty to complicity to burglary and assault. Bond was set at $20,000, and a pretrial was set for Feb. 6.

Darrell C. Gore, 50, of Township Road 616, South Point, pleaded not guilty to complicity to burglary. Bond was set at $20,000.

Kala R. Moore, 23, of Kentucky 503, Wurtland, Ky., pleaded not guilty to attempted illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, tampering with evidence and possession of drug abuse instruments. Bond was set at $15,000, and a pretrial was set for Feb. 20.

Jeffery T. Sammons II, 30, of Township Road 1430, South Point, pleaded not guilty to six counts of breaking and entering. Bond was set at $25,000, and a pretrial was set for Jan. 30.

Cherish Copley, 36, of Crump Street, Raceland, Ky., pleaded not guilty to possession of drugs and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacturing drugs. Bond was set at $15,000, and a pretrial was set for Feb. 6.

Jason Chapman, 30, of Township Road 111, Ironton, pleaded guilty to domestic violence. He was placed on community control sanctions for four years and ordered to undergo nine months of treatment at New Beginnings in Ironton.

Frank T. Hill, 40, of the 1600 block of 12th Avenue, Huntington, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and possession of drugs. He was sentenced to eight months in prison, fined $1,250 and had his driver's license suspended for six months.

John M. Debelle, 28, no address listed, admitted violating a protection order and was sentenced to five months in prison. He was given credit for more than a month already spent in jail.

Angel Martin, 27, of County Road 15, South Point, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to four months in prison.

David S. Bruton, 38, of Clay Street, Flatwoods, Ky., admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to time already served of 25 days.

William M. Bailey, 47, of Pearl Street, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

Suzanne McCall, 30, of the 400 block of South 8th Street, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions. Those sanctions were extended for a year. McCall was ordered to do 200 hours of community service and pay $250 a month toward fines.

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