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Sentences handed down in county cases

Lincoln County Circuit Court officials dealt with severalproperty crimes, a shooting incident, and other cases in recentsentencing hearings, court records show.

Property cases involved robbery, grand larceny, burglary andpossession of stolen property incidents.

“We had a rash (of those cases),” said Assistant DistrictAttorney Diane Jones while discussing last week’s activity and inother recent terms of court.

Defendants who pleaded guilty in the unrelated cases and weresentenced by Judge Mike Smith included:

* Benjamin Cody Newell, 18, of 704 Case Trail — burglary of adwelling and uttering forgery. He was ordered to serve the firstfour years of a total eight-year sentence, with the remaining fouryears on post release supervision. He was also ordered to obtainalcohol and drug treatment and to pay full restitution, a $2,000fine and $1,000 to the crime victim’s compensation fund.

* Michael Blue, 33, of 520 South Second St. — two separateindictments, one for robbery and another for simple assault. He wasordered to serve four years of a total eight-year sentence, withthe remaining four years suspended for five years post releasesupervision.

Blue was also ordered to pay full restitution, $2,200 in finesand $1,000 to the crime victim’s compensation fund.

* Darren T. Drummond, 19, of 1728 Monticello St. — grandlarceny. He was sentenced to serve one year of a four-yearsentence, with the last three suspended for five years probation.He was also ordered to complete alcohol and drug treatment and topay full restitution and a $1,000 fine.

* Joseph Anthony Parker, 20, of 101 Amite Road — possession ofstolen property. He was ordered to serve the first three years of afive-year sentence, with the remaining two suspended for five yearspost release supervision. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fineand $500 to the crime victim’s compensation fund.

In another case, Bertha Rockingham, 37, of 2932 Zetus Road,pleaded guilty to two indictments on charges of shooting into amotor vehicle. Jones said the incidents were related to a domesticdisturbance with a male acquaintance, who was not injured.

In each case, Rockingham was ordered to serve two years offour-year sentences, with the remaining two years suspended forthree years post release supervision. The sentences were to runconsecutively, meaning Rockingham was to serve a total of fouryears in prison.

Rockingham was also ordered to complete long-term alcohol anddrug treatment and an after care program and to pay fullrestitution and a $1,000 fine.

Other defendants who pleaded guilty and were sentencedincluded:

* Duffy Waylon Harveston, 24, of 1023 Highway 51 — operating amotor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. Hewas ordered to serve the first year of a four-year sentence, withno chance for early parole. The remaining three years weresuspended for four years post release supervision. He was alsoordered to complete alcohol and drug treatment, an after careprogram, and to pay a $4,000 fine.

* Marjoe Smith, 27, of 566 Halbert Heights Road — failure tosupport minor children. He was sentenced to three years, suspendedfor five years probation. He was also ordered to pay $1,528 in backchild support and a $500 fine and to stay current with new childsupport payments.

* Gregory H. Corkern, 29, of 3393 Pearlie Dr. — operating amotor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. Hewas sentenced to three years and given the opportunity to earnprobation through the Intensive Supervision Program, or housearrest. He was also ordered to obtain alcohol and drug treatmentand to pay a $4,000 fine.

* Cynthia Lynn Carper, 40, of Monticello — bad checks. She wassentenced to one year, suspended for five years probation, and topay a $100 fine.