Judge's gavel and scales of Justice

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher sentenced two defendants in Mount Vernon Municipal Court on Nov. 1.

J-Ro Sharp, 37 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Assault on Sept. 28, 2021. Thatcher sentenced Sharp to serve 180 days in jail, with 120 days suspended, and placed him on three years of probation with the following conditions: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable and complete the Court’s Hands Down program.

Andrew Wilson, 25 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Aggravated Menacing on Sept. 28, 2021. Thatcher sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 120 days suspended, and placed Wilson on two years of probation with the following condition: complete 20 hours of community service.

Other cases were heard this week in municipal court.

Nov. 1

•Kasey Amos, 29 of Marion, was found guilty of Having Physical Control Over a Motor Vehicle While being Under the Influence. The Court sentenced him to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended, and placed him on two years of community control with the following condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program.

•Samuel Smith, 20 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence and Underage Consumption of Alcohol. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine, serve 30 days in jail, with 27 days suspended, and placed him on two years of community control with the following conditions: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practical and complete 20 hours of community service.

•Alexis Huffman, 22 of Howard, 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 177 days suspended, placed her on two years of community control with the following condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended her operator’s license for one year.

•Tristan Gardner, 22 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Speeding and Failing to Use Reasonable Control. The Court sentenced him to pay a $175 fine for Speeding and a $50 fine for the Failure to Control charge.

Assistant Director of Law Brittany Whitney represented the City of Mount and the State of Ohio in these cases.

Nov. 2

•Haley Garrett, 31 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Court sentenced her to serve 30 days in jail, with all time suspended, and placed her on one year of probation with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable.

•Debra Werther, 61 of Sunbury, was found guilty of Speeding in a School Zone. The Court sentenced her to pay a $100 fine.

•Amiera Suliman, 19 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving without a Valid License and Failure to File for Vehicle Registration. The Court sentenced her to pay a $200 fine for Driving without a Valid License and a $15 for the remaining charge.

•Anthony Tate, 42 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Possession of Marijuana and Operating a Vehicle with Expired Plates. The Court sentenced him to pay a $150 fine for the Possession charge and a $50 fine for the Expired Plates charge.

•Bonnie Johnson, 42 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of three counts of Endangering Children. The Court sentenced her to serve 180 days in jail, with 173 days suspended, and placed her on two years of probation on each charge.

•Matthew Knipp, 36 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Resisting Arrest and Criminal Mischief. The Court sentenced him to serve 49 days in jail on each charge.

•Xavier Mason, 22 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. The Court sentenced him to serve 86 days in jail.

•Benjamin Harvey, 30 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Unsafely Approaching a Public Safety Vehicle. The Court sentenced him to pay a $ 100 fine.

•Chase Green, 20 of Centerburg, was found guilty of Criminal Mischief. He will be sentenced on Nov.30 following a pre-sentence investigation.

Director of Law Rob Broeren represented the City of Mount and the State of Ohio in these cases.

Nov. 3

•Bitsat Gebria, 45 of Texas, was found guilty of Driving Left of Center. The Court sentenced him to pay a fine of $135.

Assistant Law Director Brittany Whitney represented the State of Ohio in the above case.

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