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Man sentenced for abuse of a minor

Mar. 13, 2013 @ 11:56 PM

IRONTON -- A man was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday in Lawrence County for torturing and physically abusing a minor.

Joshua C. Jones, 34, no address listed, was sentenced in the case by Common Pleas Judge Charles "Chuck" Cooper. Jones pleaded guilty to physically abusing a minor in Lawrence County between 2004 and 2006.

"I felt it was very serious," said Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson. "It was the worst form of the offense. Not only did he physically abuse him, he once forced him to eat animal feces."

In an unrelated case, Virgil Cole, 40, of County Road 14, Pedro, was given a final offer of five years in prison related to a handful of charges. Cole, who is set to go on trial next week, could face more than 24 years in prison if convicted. He is charged with aggravated vehicular assault, aggravated burglary, having weapons while under disability and assault on a peace officer.

Bob Anderson, an assistant county prosecutor, said the offer is available through noon Friday.

In other cases:

William J. Meadows, 27, of the 4900 block of Waverly Road, Huntington, entered a no-contest plea and was found guilty of aggravated vehicular assault, possession of drugs and driving under the influence on Nov. 3 causing injuries to a 4-year-old. Judge D. Scott Bowling ordered a presentencing investigation and set final sentencing for next week. He faces a maximum eight years in prison.

Justin Callicoat, 19, of the 1500 block of Lawrence Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and possession of marijuana. Bowling ordered him to complete up to a six-month stay at the STAR Community Justice Center in Franklin Furnace, Ohio. Bowling also ordered him to do 200 hours of community service.

Jeffrey N. Wallace, 52, of the 400 Block of Buckhorn Street, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions. He was ordered to successfully complete the drug relapse program at STAR.

Carolyn M. Newton, 33, of the 200 block of Buffington Street, Huntington, pleaded innocent to charges of possession of drugs and possession of drug abuse instruments. She was released on a $10,000 recognizance bond, and a pretrial was set for March 27.

Eric A. Collins, 23, of Ohio 243, Ironton, pleaded innocent to theft of a firearm. Bond was set at $10,000 and a pretrial was set for March 20.

Harry Wilks, 64, of the 500 block of Rockwood Avenue, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to open burning or open dumping. He faces a maximum four-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $25,000 for dumping old tires on Jan. 30. A presentencing investigation was ordered and Wilks was released on a $10,000 recognizance bond.

Donald R. Ross Jr., 27, of the 200 block of South 4th Street, Ironton, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and misuse of a credit card. Ross was placed on community control sanctions for four years and ordered to do 200 hours of community service.

Frances E. Scarberry, 49, of the 2800 block of South 6th Street, Ironton, pleaded innocent to theft. A pretrial was set for March 27.

Willis R. Childers Jr., 45, of Township Road 1063, South Point, pleaded innocent to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and possession of marijuana.

Debra Ostby, 24, of County Road 4, Pedro, pleaded innocent to forgery and theft. Bond was set at $10,000 and a pretrial was set for March 27.

Richard A. Graham, 31, of the 400 block of Solida Road, South Point, pleaded innocent to aggravated possession of drugs. Bowling set bond at $30,000 and set a pretrial for March 20.

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