Recently in the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas, with Gallia County Common Pleas Judge Margaret Evans presiding, the following cases were resolved:
Aleana K. Spencer, 32, Gallipolis pleaded guilty to failure to appear and non-support of defendants in two separate cases and was sentenced to a total of 11 months in prison.
According to court records, Spencer was indicted in September 2017 by the Gallia County Grand Jury for non-support of dependents, a fifth-degree felony, for failing to pay $15,017.10 in child support. While out on bond, Spencer failed to appear in the case and was indicted in January 2018 on a failure to appear charge, a fourth-degree felony.
Spencer pleaded guilty to both charges. In addition to finding Spencer had committed the second offense while out on bond for the first offense, the Court also found a probation sentence in the Gallipolis Municipal Court had been terminated unsuccessfully and that Spencer exhibits a pattern of drug abuse related to the offense and a refusal to engage in treatment.
The Court accepted the plea agreement terms and sentenced Spencer to 11 months in prison for non-support of dependents and 11 months in prison for failure to appear, to be served concurrently.
She was also ordered to pay $15,017.10 in restitution.
Recent arraignments include:
Charles Preston Kensler, 28, Apple Grove, W.Va., pleaded not guilty to trafficking and possession of drugs, both felonies of the fifth degree. Kensler was indicted in January 2018 by the Gallia County Grand Jury on charges of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin.
Kensler was released on his own recognizance with jury trial scheduled for October 2, 2018.
Terry Pratt, 32, Crown City, pleaded not guilty to two counts of non-support of dependents. Pratt was indicted in May 2018 by the Gallia County Grand Jury for allegedly failing to pay child support during two separate time periods in the amounts of $5,902.61 and $3,599.19.
Pratt was released on his own recognizance with jury trial scheduled for October 3, 2018.
Anthony K. Knepper, 27, Gallipolis, pleaded not guilty to possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony. Knepper was indicted in May 2018 by the Gallia County Grand Jury.
Knepper was released on his own recognizance with jury trial scheduled for October 16, 2018.
Thomas L. Ball, 37, Rio Grande pleaded not guilty to felony domestic violence, two counts possession of drugs, three counts aggravated trafficking and one count aggravated possession of drugs. Ball was indicted on two separate cases in May 2018 by the Gallia County Grand Jury.
According to court documents, Ball is charged with allegedly attempting to cause harm to a family or household member on or about May 10, 2018, having already previously pleaded guilty or been convicted of domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree. Ball pleaded guilty to domestic violence on October 26, 2000 in the Gallipolis Municipal Court.
In a second case, Ball is charged with the alleged possession of heroin and trafficking of heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile on or about February 7, 2017, a felony of the fifth degree and a felony of the fourth degree, respectively; possession of heroin and trafficking in heroin on or about February 9, 2017, both felonies of the fifth degree; aggravated possession of hydromorphone, a fifth degree felony and trafficking in hydromorphone, a fourth degree felony, on or about September 15, 2017.
Ball was released on his own recognizance in the drug case and bond was set at $5,000, 10 percent in the domestic violence case. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim. Jury trial was scheduled for September 25, 2018 in the drug case and August 2, 2018 in the domestic violence case.