Recent felony cases resolved in the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas include charges of aggravated possession of drugs and attempted tampering with evidence. Recent arraignments include charges of rape, failure to appear, carrying a concealed weapon and aggravated possession of drugs.

The following cases were recently resolved before Common Pleas Judge Margaret Evans:

Ashley Neville

Ashley P. Neville, 29, Bidwell, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs (methamphetamine), a felony of the fifth degree and was sentenced to 24 months community control. Should Neville violate the terms of community control, violate any law or leave the state without permission, the Court may extend the period of community control, make the term more restrictive or may impose a prison term up to 12 months.

The terms of Neville’s community control are:

  • Submit to an evaluation for and, if needed, enter and successfully complete the Gallia County Common Pleas Drug Court;
  • Intensive supervision reporting;
  • Participate in a substance abuse and mental health evaluation and follow-up treatment, including Medication Assisted Treatment if appropriate;
  • If not gainfully, full-time, verifiably employed, complete 200 hours of community service;
  • Participate in an evaluation and, if needed, engage in trauma treatment;
  • Submit to an evaluation for and, if needed, successfully complete Moral Reconation Training;
  • Comply with 120 days of SAM;
  • Serve thirty 30 days of jail or work release, deferred until determined necessary by the Court.

Dale Hall

Dale Hall, 54, Gallipolis who pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted tampering with evidence, a felony of the fourth degree, was sentenced to 48 months community control. Hall had also been charged with trafficking in marijuana, which was dismissed. Should Hall violate the terms of community control, violate any law or leave the state without permission, the Court may extend the period of community control, make the term more restrictive or may impose a prison term up to 18 months.

The terms of Hall’s community control are:

  • Intensive supervision reporting;
  • Participate in a substance abuse and mental health evaluation and follow-up treatment, including Medication Assisted Treatment if appropriate;
  • Submit to an evaluation for and, if needed, successfully complete Moral Reconation Training;
  • Comply with 180 days of SAM;
  • Serve 30 days of jail or work release, deferred until determined necessary by the Court.

Steven R. Durham, 48, Langsville, Ohio, pleaded guilty to failure to appear, a felony of the fourth degree. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and sentencing is scheduled for April 11 at 9:30 a.m.


Recently arraigned were:


Bradley A. Cornwell, 19, Gallipolis was arraigned on two counts of rape of a child under the age of 13, both felonies of the first degree. Cornwell pleaded not guilty to the charges and bond was set at $500,000, 10 percent pending trial.


Douglas T. Boe, 32, Ona, W.Va., was arraigned on a failure to appear charge, a felony of the fourth degree. Boe pleaded not guilty to the charge during arraignment and was released on his own recognizance pending trial.


Melissa M. McCarty, 35, Gallipolis was arraigned on a failure to appear charge, a felony of the fourth degree. McCarty pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on her own recognizance pending trial.


Matthew C. Cook, 27, Milton, W.Va, was arraigned on a carrying a concealed weapon charge, a felony of the fourth degree. Cook pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on his own recognizance pending trial. Cook was also arraigned in a second case on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, and one count of aggravated trafficking of drugs, a felony of the fourth degree. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on his own recognizance pending trial.


Kortez K. Hicks, 25, Detroit, Mich., was arraigned on an aggravated possession of drugs charge, a felony of the fifth degree. Hicks pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on his own recognizance pending trial.