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Sentences handed down in circuit court term

A trial that was set to begin last Wednesday against Robert Terrell of Oakvale has been reset after two delays. Terrell has been charged with fraud, larceny, conspiracy, and false pretense.

The District Attorney made a motion to find Terrell in contempt of court alleging improper contact with members of the jury pool.

Due to unforeseen medical problems on the part of the court reporter, Terrell’s February 19 trial was moved to February 20. The jury was excused before they were impaneled.

As members of the jury exited the courtroom, the State’s staff assistants noticed Terrell was not present.

District Attorney investigators immediately left the courtroom being suspicious that Terrell could be taking the opportunity to speak to members of the jury panel in order to influence them in his favor.

Both investigators witnessed Terrell talking to two members of the jury pool just outside the courthouse.

A hearing was held regarding this matter on February 21 in which Judge Tony Mozingo found Terrell in indirect criminal contempt of court, sentencing him to six months incarceration.

The trial date for the original motion against Robert Terrell and two co-defendants has been reset for March 4, 2014.

Other cases heard during the court term include:

Kathy Gayle Bass pled guilty to  DUI manslaughter and received a five-year sentence with three years intensive house arrest and two years with post-release provisions.

James Edward Simms, Jr. pled guilty to burglary of a building other than a residence and received a five-year sentence with four years five months suspended and seven months time served.

Travis Cornell Barnes pled guilty to the transfer or sale of cocaine.  He received a 10-year sentence with five years intensive house arrest and five years served under post-release supervision.

Corey Paul Baldwin pled guilty to burglary of a non-dwelling receiving a seven- year suspended sentence with five being under  post-release supervision and two years with post-release provisions.

Jermaine Beason pled guilty to possession of cocaine and received a five-year suspended sentence to be served under post-release provisions.

Alvin Duwann Oliver pled guilty to possession of cocaine and received an eight-year suspended sentence to be served under post-release provisions.

Chasidy Williams pled guilty to possession of cocaine and received eight years suspended to be served under post-release provisions.