Judge hands down several prison sentences in circuit court

Crime and Courts

Numerous cases were processed Thursday in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court.

Trenton resident Dorothy Kathryn Archuleta admitted violation of probation. The court revoked probation and sentenced her to serve five years with the department of corrections. Her original charge was felony possession of a controlled substance.

Rural Princeton resident Thomas Lund pleaded guilty to a felony charge of operating a vehicle on the highway without a valid license – third and subsequent offense Lund was sentenced to three years with the department of corrections.  The Grundy County sentence is concurrent with a sentence given in Mercer County Circuit Court.

Spickard resident Jennifer Webb admitted to violations of her probation. The probation was revoked and she was sentenced to serve four years with the department of corrections. Her original charge was tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.

Laredo resident Jonathan Hanson admitted to a probation violation. Probation was revoked and he was sentenced to three years with the department of corrections.  His original charge involved felony drug possession. Hanson also was ordered to pay costs of incarceration and extradition.

Trenton resident Lila Lea Combs pleaded guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance.  Imposition of sentence was suspended and she was placed on five years probation, was to contribute $300 to the law enforcement restitution fund, and obtain an alcohol and substance abuse assessment and follow recommendations made.

Trenton resident Justice Kierra Matthes entered guilty pleas to three charges and was placed on probation.  On felony possession of a controlled substance, the imposition of sentence was suspended and she was placed on five years probation. Among conditions is a $300 contribution to the law enforcement restitution fund. Other charges were resisting or interfering with an arrest for a felony as well as an amended charge of peace disturbance. In each of these cases, Justice Matthes was sentenced to ten days in the county jail with the terms served concurrently. Credit was given for those days

Princeton resident Travis Williams admitted to probation violations. The court continued probation with additional conditions that he successfully completes the third circuit court treatment program and pays child support as previously ordered. His original charge was non-support of a minor.

Kevin Eric Ewing of Trenton admitted to a probation violation. The court continued probation with additional conditions that he successfully passes court-ordered detention sanctions. The circuit court retains jurisdiction for 120 days. His original charge involved conspiracy to distribute or deliver marijuana.

Also admitting to a probation violation was Robert John Shoemaker of Laredo.  The court continued probation with the added condition he has no contact with the victim. The original charge was unlawful exhibiting of a weapon.

An amended charge was filed in circuit court against Erick James Wattenbarger of Trenton. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor: second offense of operating a vehicle on the highway without a valid license. Wattenbarger was sentenced to 37 days in the Grundy County Jail.  He also was ordered to contribute $300 to the law enforcement restitution fund and to pay costs of incarceration.

The circuit court held a probation violation hearing in a case involving Jason Eric Almond of St. Joseph.  A previous plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit stealing was set aside. The defense attorney’s motion for re-sentencing to correct an error was not opposed by the prosecutor. Almond was then allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor stealing charge. The probation continues. 

Sentencing is scheduled in circuit court on November 16th for Trenton resident Colby Michael Weaver who pleaded guilty in July to charges of sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of 15 as well as sexual abuse in the second degree.