By Michael R. Moser
A Cumberland County man who authorities said discharged a weapon in a room where a woman was present has pleaded guilty in Criminal Court and received a suspended sentence.
Russell Lloyd Oakes, 23, was indicted by the grand jury on Sept. 9 on a single count of reckless endangerment, a class E felony that carries up to a six-year prison sentence and fine of up to $3,000.
Oakes pleaded guilty to the indictment and was granted judicial diversion after entering his plea, and will serve two years on probation. If he successfully completes terms of probation, he will then be allowed to petition the court to have the charge removed from his record.
The indictment states that Oakes on April 3 of this year "unlawfully and recklessly, and with a deadly weapon" discharged an assault rifle in a room where Valerie Blaylock was staying. The indictment goes on to state that the victim was placed in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury.
The incident was investigated by Cumberland County Sheriff's Investigator Jerry Jackson.
In other cases before the court, the following guilty pleas were entered:
•Scott Michael Emerson, aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated burglary, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine and theft of less than $500, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated burglary and received a two year and one day sentence, all to be suspended with completion of a long-term rehab program. Also pleaded guilty to burglary and initiation of the process to manufacture meth and received the same sentence. Emerson will be released to Faith Farms rehab for long-term in-house treatment. If Emerson fails to complete the program, he will be required to serve his sentence.
•Curtis Franklin Selby, 33, charged with evading arrest, simple possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule II drug for resale, pleaded guilty to possession of a schedule II drug for sale, two counts of simple possession and evading arrest, and received a total of three years, suspended for house supervision of community corrections. He was fined $2,000 and court costs.
•Ricky Desmond Wells, 53, charged with initiation of the manufacture of methamphetamine, pleaded guilty to an amended indictment charging promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on probation, with $2,000 fine and court costs.
•Warren James Holton Sr., 43, charged with theft of more than $500, pleaded guilty to theft of less than $500 and received an 11-month and 29-day sentence to serve and was ordered to pay $310 restitution.
•Eric Stephen King, 46, driving under the influence, habitual motor vehicle offender and driving on a revoked license, pleaded guilty to first offense driving under the influence, to pay minimum fine and court costs, two days in jail, loss of license for one year and placed on probation for 11 months and 29 days. Violation of the habitual motor vehicle offender law, two years suspended with 90 days and the balance of 11 months and 29 days on probation, and to pay minimum fine and court costs. Revoked license charge was dropped.