Court news in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court for Thursday, May 12th

Court News

Three prison sentences have been ordered for a Trenton man after he admitted to violations of probation. Probation was revoked, and Justin Stephenson was sentenced to seven, five, and four years with the department of corrections on three separate counts of

stealing on different dates in 2019. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Trenton resident Amber Nycole Leeper pleaded guilty to forgery for a November offense. Another count was dismissed. Leeper was sentenced to seven years with the department of corrections. Execution of the sentence was suspended and she was placed on five years of probation. The court noted a $3,000 cash bond will be forfeited and after payment of court costs, the remainder will be applied to restitution.

Spickard resident Amber Lawrence pleaded guilty to felony drug possession as of April 6th. Two other counts were dismissed. Imposition of sentence was suspended and she was placed on five years probation. The court requested Lawrence apply and successfully complete the 3rd circuit treatment program and donate $300 to the law enforcement restitution fund.

Kenneth Walter Bonine of Trenton pleaded guilty to February charges of 2nd-degree burglary and felony stealing. Another count was dismissed. Imposition of sentence was suspended and Bonine was placed on five years probation.

A Cameron resident, Parker Robert Whitacre, pleaded guilty to two felony and two misdemeanor drug counts from March 14th. Imposition of sentence was suspended and Whitacre was placed on five years probation regarding the felony counts. Special conditions require Whitacre follow the recommendations of Valley Hope. On the misdemeanors, Whitacre was sentenced to 13 days in the county jail and given credit for time served.

Another Cameron resident, Desmond Huff, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of non support. Imposition of sentence was suspended and Huff was placed on five years probation. Special conditions include paying $213 in child support monthly and $87 toward the arrearage. His $2,500 bond is to be surrendered and applied to child support.

Humphreys resident, Dalecasi Crisp, pleaded guilty on two counts on April 30th and saw two others dismissed. For felony possession of a controlled substance/synthetic cannabinoid, Crisp was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections. Execution of the sentence was suspended and she was placed on five years of probation. The court requested Crisp be screened and successfully complete the 9th circuit treatment program. On a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, Crisp was sentenced to 12 days in jail and given credit for time served.

A Chillicothe resident, David Ray Gamble, pleaded guilty to two drug counts from April 21st. One other count was dismissed. For delivery of a controlled substance/synthetic cannabinoid, Gamble was sentenced to ten years with the department of corrections. A prison term of seven years was handed down on a felony drug possession charge. The court stayed the execution of the sentences and placed Gamble on five years probation. Gamble was ordered to enter and successfully complete a substance abuse program of the Salvation Army and follow all recommendations.

Spickard resident Timothy Persell Junior pleaded guilty to a pair of drug-related counts from April 4th: possession of a controlled substance/synthetic cannabinoid and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia-prior drug offense. Persell was sentenced to ten years with the Department of Corrections. The court suspended the execution of this sentence and placed Persell on five years of supervised probation.

A prison sentence was ordered after Domanic J.L. Ratkovich of Trenton admitted to a probation violation. The probation was revoked on the original charge of felony possession of a controlled substance in February 2019. The court ordered a prison sentence of seven years, concurrent with any other cases. Execution of the prison term was stayed and Ratkovich was placed on five years of supervised probation.

Trenton resident Brandon Dean Bibee Burkhardt appeared for sentencing after he pleaded guilty in March to the delivery of a controlled substance. Burkhardt was sentenced to eight years with the corrections department. Execution of the prison term was stayed and he was placed on five years of supervised probation. Burkhardt is to apply and successfully complete the 3rd circuit treatment program and donate $300 to the law enforcement restitution fund.

A Trenton resident – Shawn Douglas Boyd – pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance as of April 24th. Imposition of sentence was suspended and Boyd was placed on five years probation. He’s to apply and successfully complete the 3rd circuit treatment program and donate $300 to the law enforcement restitution fund.

At a hearing Thursday, Tonya Arlene Baumgartner of Trenton admitted to a probation violation. The court has placed more conditions on her probation including completion of the in-patient program at Preferred Family health care. She’s also to successfully complete the 3rd circuit treatment program and pay restitution of $2,925. Her original charge of driving while intoxicated with physical injury stems from an accident in August 2019.

Admitting to violations of probation were Raul Barraza of Trenton with disposition scheduled for June 9th; and Shawn Wells of Maryville with a disposition at the September 8th session of circuit court. Barraza’s original charge is for driving while intoxicated persistent offender. Wells has a conviction for non-support.

Admitting to a probation violation was Tommy Joe Brittain of Trenton. His original charge involved possession of a controlled substance. The court added a condition that he follow recommendations of out-patient treatment.

Mercer County Associate Circuit Judge Matthew Krohn presided on Thursday in the Grundy County Circuit Court cases.