Judge John Thatcher

Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher 

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found eight guilty after hearings were held at the Mount Municipal Court on July 12, 2021.

Nicholas Higgins, 41 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Domestic Violence. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 96 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation with the following conditions: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable, complete the Mount Vernon Municipal Court’s Hands Down program, and be assessed for MERIT Court.

Justin Howell, 18 of Danville, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension and Underage Possession of Alcohol. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 for the DUS charge and to serve 180 days in jail, with 175 days suspended and placed him on two years of probation with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable for the Underage Possession charge.

David Gray, 29 of Howard, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced him to pay a $700 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 170 days suspended, placed him on two years of community control with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable, and suspended his operator’s license for two years.

Jessica Neal, 36 of Parkersburg, WV, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced her to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 174 days suspended, placed her on two years of community control with the following conditions: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program and complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable, and suspended her operator’s license for one year.

Michael Sullivan, 61 of Howard, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $100 fine.

William Caley, 62 of Ashland, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced him to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended, placed him on two years of community control with the following condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended his operator’s license for one year.

Scott Cosner, 36 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Criminal Mischief. He will be sentenced on August 16, 2021.

Joel French, 47 of Howard, was found guilty of two counts of Violating a Protection Order. He will be sentenced on August 30, 2021 following a pre-sentence investigation.

Director of Law Rob Broeren represented the State of Ohio in the French cases. Assistant Director of Law Brittany Whitney represented the City of Mount Vernon and the State of Ohio in the remaining cases.

July 13

Chanse King, 52 of Mount Gilead, was found guilty of Failing to Reinstate his License and Making an Illegal Turn. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine for the Failure to Reinstate charge and a $15 fine for the Turn Signal violation.

Anthony Jordan, 42 of Mount Gilead, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension and Failing to Obey a Traffic Control Device. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine for the DUS charge and a $15 fine for the Failing to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

David Meyer, 30 of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Menacing by Stalking and Criminal Trespassing. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, and placed him on two years of probation for the Menacing by Stalking charge and was granted credit for time served for the Criminal Trespassing charge.

Scott Llewellyn, 30 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Criminal Damaging and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. The Court sentenced him to serve 31 days in jail.

Daniel Walton, 28 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and two counts of Driving Under an FRA Suspension on June 4, 2021. Today he was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail for each count.

Assistant Director of Law Justin Mackin represented the City of Mount Vernon in the Jordan and Llewellyn cases, the State of Ohio in the King case, and the Village of Fredericktown in the Meyer case. Director of Law Rob Broeren represented the City of Mount Vernon in the Walton case.

July 14

Allen Vandall, 35 of Mount Gilead, was found guilty of theft. The Court sentenced him to one year of Community Control with the following conditions; have no similar offenses, pay a minimum of $100 per month on his fines and costs, comply with all terms of his probation, do not violate any laws, attend a social responsibility clinic and pay restitution. He was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail with 179 days suspended and credit for one day served.

Ricky Konkoskia, 41 of Carroll, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $75 fine.

Crystal Fletcher, 42 of Dayton, was found guilty of Driving without an Operator’s License. The Court sentenced her to pay a $50 fine.

Assistant Law Director Justin Mackin represented the State of Ohio and the City of Mount Vernon in the above cases.

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