By Michael R. Moser
The theft a year ago of construction equipment from a local resident, and theft of cash through a forged instrument in a separate incident, netted a local defendant a three-year suspended sentence.
Jacob Lonzie Stephens, 23, pleaded guilty to theft of $500, theft of $10,000 and forgery and in exchange for his guilty pleas, will serve his sentence on supervised probation.
He had been indicted for the theft of a 2004 crew cab one-ton truck, a 20-foot trailer, a 2007 Kobeleo excavator and construction equipment and tools belonging to a Hwy. 70 N man. Loss was placed in excess of $60,000. That theft took place on Jan. 12.
He was also indicted for stealing $1,000 on Dec. 17 and 19 from the Pilot Oil Co. location on Genesis Rd. Another indictment charging simple possession of a schedule IV drug was also handed down by the grand jury. All charges except the three he pleaded guilty to were dropped.
In other cases on the docket, the following pleas took place:
•Regina Armstrong, 49, charged with child abuse, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse and received an 11-month and 29-day suspended sentence with 30 days to serve on weekends and probation to run concurrent with a Fentress County sentence.
•Shannon Goble, two counts of criminal simulation and theft of more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted criminal simulation and theft of less than $500 and received an 11-month and 29-day suspended sentence to be served on probation. Fine and court costs are waived, but Goble is ordered to pay $2,700 restitution to the victim.
•Byron Drake Howard, 23, theft of more than $1,000 and theft of more than $500, pleaded guilty to both counts and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation, and was ordered to pay $1,499.98 restitution to Dunham's and $948 restitution to Walmart.
•Thomas D. Norrod Jr., 36, charged with aggravated burglary, pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal trespass and received an 11-month and 29-day suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation.
•Jason Michael Hard, 37, charged with theft of more than $500, pleaded guilty to theft of less than $500 and received an 11-month and 29-day suspended sentence to be served supervised probation and to pay $571.53 restitution to Walmart.