Prison sentences handed down in Thursday session of Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

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Prison sentences were issued and probations were ordered for numerous individuals Thursday in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court.

Trenton resident Sean Philip Biller pleaded guilty to an amended charge of drug possessions. Biller was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections. Execution of the sentence was suspended and Biller was placed on five years probation. Conditions include completion of a Salvation Army program or other approved program for not less than 30 days in-patient followed by out-patient of not less than 90 days. The newly-amended charge from August 20possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid. The original charge involved alleged delivery of a controlled substance.

Daniel Brown of Trenton also pleaded guilty to an amended drug possession charge – which changed from the original charge of drug trafficking in the first degree. Brown received five years with the Department of Corrections with the execution of sentence suspended and Brown was placed on five years probation. Conditions include completing the Third Circuit Treatment program. The newly-amended charge from December 24marijuana / synthetic cannabinoid.

In a related case, Krystal LeAnna Martin of Trenton also pleaded guilty to an amended charge of possessing a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana synthetic cannabinoid as of December 24. The original charge involved alleged trafficking of drugs. The case was continued to February 13 with a violation hearing on a 2018 conviction for delivery of a controlled substance.

Spickard resident David Clay-Austin Travis pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge from last November. A charge of tampering with physical evidence was dismissed. Travis was sentenced to serve five years with the Department of Corrections. Circuit Court Thomas Alley ordered this sentence to run consecutively with two other Grundy County cases. Execution in each of the sentences has been suspended and Travis was placed on five years probation.

Travis previously received a prison sentence of four years which was stayed in favor of probation. Those charges were from 2018, felony possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana /synthetic cannabinoid as well as from March last year, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. With Thursday’s‘ guilty plea to a separate November count of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less marijuana / synthetic cannabinoid, Travis was ordered to complete a Salvation Army program and have GPS tracking until entering the program. While in court, he admitted to probation violations.

Stanley Patterson of Trenton entered a guilty plea to a felony drug possession charge from last August. Dismissed was a charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Patterson was sentenced to three years with Department of Corrections – a sentence that is consecutive to one issued in 2016 for charges of driving while intoxicated and driving while revoked or suspended in 2015. Execution of the prison term was suspended in favor of five years probation. While in court for a hearing Patterson admitted to violations of probation. Additional conditions of probation include Patterson entering, and successfully completing, a Salvation Army program.

Probation was revoked Thursday for Nicole Lynn Webster, no address given, on an original felony drug possession charge. A previous suspended sentence was set aside and Judge Alley ordered the execution of the four-year prison sentence that was imposed in 2018. She was given credit for jail time served while awaiting disposition of the charge and the probation review.

Two defendants, Christy Lynn Russell of Trenton and Connie Lyn McCollum of Laclede have pleaded guilty to a felony stealing charge of $750 or more from November 4 were dismissed. The imposition of sentence was suspended. Both Russell and McCollum were placed on five years probation. Both were ordered to make monthly payments toward restitution of $3,825 with co-defendants in the case.

Trenton Resident Tracie Leigh Todd admitted to probation violations stemming from an original misdemeanor charge. Probation was extended by one year with a requirement to complete an in-patient treatment program.

Other defendants who admitted to probation violation were Domanic James Lee Ratkovich; Robert Andrew Brandon; Joanna Kay Gard Murphy; Josy Simmons; and Keylee Lee Vestal – all of Trenton. Others admitted to a violation of probation were Lynn Dean Shipley of Gallatin; Trace Aaron Harvey of Spickard; and Andrew Scot Robinson of Chillicothe.

Additional conditions of probation have been imposed with the exception of Keylee Lee Vestal who has a disposition hearing February 13Domanic Ratkovich to enter and successfully complete a third circuit treatment program and serve shock incarceration until January 21 is to complete an out-patient program through Preferred Family or similar facility.

Joanna Gard Murphy and Josy Simmons are to enter and complete third circuit treatment program. Lynn Shipley was ordered to follow all directives of probation and parole. Online information shows Trace Harvey failed to complete The court requested he be placed in court-ordered detention sanctions and committed to the Department of Corrections 120 days.

Andrew Robinson was ordered to make monthly payments toward the restitution balance of $3,500.