Woman rejects plea deal for murder charge
IRONTON -- Ashley D. Seagraves rejected a proposed plea agreement which would have given her a life sentence in prison but a chance to go before the Ohio parole board after 23 years.
Seagraves, 23, of the 200 block of Pearl Street, Ironton, is charged with murder, two counts of felonious assault, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. She is charged with shooting Delmar Jenkins, 53, at his trailer in Elizabeth Township last year and choking a cook at the jail and making a weapon to assault jail personnel.
If convicted on all those counts, Judge Charles "Chuck" Cooper could sentence her to life in prison with a chance at parole after 40 years.
The case is set for trial Feb. 19. Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson said the trial could last four days.
Seagraves is represented by Warren "Butch" Morford, a South Point lawyer. Seagraves understands the risks of rejecting the deal, Morford said. "We discussed this at length," he said.
Anderson said he would recommend a minimum of 15 years before seeing the parole board plus three more years on a gun specification charge. He also was offering a five-year-sentence for the aggravated robbery charge for a total of 23 years before seeing the parole board. He offered to run any sentence for the other charges concurrently.
In other cases:
James D. Cade, 34, of the 1100 block of 6th Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced by Cooper to five years in prison. Cade also was ordered to pay $280 in restitution.
Cherish Copley, 27, of Crump Street, Raceland, Ky., pleaded guilty to attempted manufacturing of methamphetamines. Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced her to 17 months in prison and fined her $3,750.
Nicholas C. Sycks, 26, of County Road 181, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced by Cooper to 15 months in prison.
Christopher Conwell, 31, of Township Road 1018, South Point, pleaded guilty to criminal non-support. Bowling sentenced him to 12 months in prison and ordered him to pay $27,000 in back child support.
Jeffrey Sammons, 40, of Township Road 1430, South Point, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering. Bowling sentenced him to 11 months in prison and ordered him to pay $890 in restitution.
Tina Broughton, 33, of Township Road 616, South Point, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and assault. She was placed on community control sanctions for four years, ordered to do 200 hours of community service and pay $24,000 in restitution.
Stefani Tucker, 35, of Township Road 1366, South Point, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs. She was placed on community control sanctions for four years and ordered to complete a program at the STAR Community Justice Center in Franklin Furnace, Ohio.
Charles R. Brown Jr., 36, of the 4200 block of Pine Terrace Drive, Ashland, was sentenced to time already served in jail for violating community control sanctions.
Savannah N. Jenkins, 25, of the 2600 block of S. 5th Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and a misdemeanor charge of endangering children. Cooper ordered a presentencing investigation and set final sentencing for Feb. 20. Jenkins was found passed out in an Ironton car wash with a one-year-old in the car, according to Mack Anderson, an assistant county prosecutor.
Jason S. Preston, 37, of County Road 6, Ironton, pleaded innocent to felony driving under the influence. Bond was set at $25,000, and a pretrial was set for Feb. 20.
Patricia Howard, 53, of the 1000 block of Minton Street, Huntington, pleaded innocent to forgery. Her bond was set at $5,000, and a pretrial was set for Feb. 20.