Cases heard in Circuit Court
Several defendants entered guilty pleas before Judge David W. Hummel, Jr. on Sept. 23.
Michael L. Mason, II pleaded guilty to the felony offense for fleeing an officer while under the influence of alcohol, DUI first offense, and driving suspended or revoked, first offense. He was fined $250 for driving suspended or revoked; sentenced to 72 hours in Northern Central Regional Jail and fined an additional $250. for DUI, and one to five years imprisonment for the felony, which was suspended. He will be released to two years of probation following his jail sentence. Charges of reckless driving and underage consumption of alcohol were dismissed.
Zachary S. Boor, pleaded guilty to the felony of delivery of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school and a misdemeanor of delivery of an imitation controlled substance. He was sentenced to not less than one nor more than five years imprisonment for the felony, and six months in jail for the misdemeanor, to be served concurrently. He was also sentenced as a youthful offender. Because he was sentenced a as youthful offender, he will be committed to the Division of Corrections at the Anthony Center, and Judge Hummel stated that if he completes the program, he will be released on two years of probation. An additional charge of delivery of a controlled substance was dismissed.
Tawyna Denise Rose, pleaded guilty to an information charging her with the felony of unlawful assault. An “information” is a formal charge lodged by the prosecuting attorney in lieu of a grand jury presentment and may only be make if a defendant waives the right to have the case presented to the grand jury.
The charge stemmed from a physical confrontation involving an adult member of her family. Upon her plea, she was sentenced to one to five years imprisonment.
The sentence was suspended and she will be released to two years of probation after actually serving 60 days in the North Central Regional Jail.
The victim of her crime addressed Judge Hummel during the hearing and asked him not to send her to jail. Rose and her attorney had agreed to the disposition.
Prosecuting Attorney Luke Furbee said, “despite the fact that the defendant and the victim are making amends between themselves, tangible consequences are necessary. A substantial number of homicides in this state start out as ongoing domestic feuds.”
Brother Guy L. Sharkey, Jr, and Frederick J. Sharkey, both of Illinois, pled guilty to informations charging them with the felony versions of being prohibited persons in possession of a firearm due to prior violent felony convictions. Each of them were sentenced to one year in the Division of Corrections.
Patricia Leann Ferrebee, 24, pleaded guilty to a two count information charging her with acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, forgery or subterfuge and an attempt of that offense. It was alleged that Ferrebee had obtained a controlled substance at HPS Pharmacy by forgery and also attempted to do so in July.
She was sentenced to one to four years of imprisonment for the completed offense and one to three years for the attempt, to be served concurrently. The sentences were suspended and she will be placed on two years of probation after actually serving four months at NCRJ.
Furbee said, “We developed this case after Pharmacist Jennifer Hayes got suspicious and notified Chief Howell. She’s a tremendous credit to her profession and the community.”