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August 21, 2013

Five receive prison sentences

Jefferson County State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman has released information on prison sentences handed down recently as a result of pleading guilty to various offenses.

Those named in a news release include:

Roberto M. Roman, 24, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class 1 felony. He was sentenced to four years in prison followed by two years of parole. On Jan. 29, the defendant sold a quantity of an illegal narcotic to a confidential source of the Mt. Vernon/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Joint Narcotics Division. The sale took place at an apartment building within 1,000 feet of Mt. Vernon Township High School.

n Barrett L. Jones, 33, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, and unlawful failure to register as a sex offender, Class 2 felonies. He was sentenced to six years in prison, followed by three years of mandatory supervised release. On Nov. 16, 2012, Jones sold a quantity of heroin to a confidential source of the Joint Narcotics Division. On Oct. 22, 2012, Jones provided false information to the Mt. Vernon Police Department as to his place of residence.

n Timmesha M. Heard, 30, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to unlawful failure to register as a sex offender, a Class 3 felony. He was sentenced to two years in prison followed by one year of parole. On Feb. 7, Heard failed to periodically register with the MVPD in violation of the registration law.

n Ernie L. Whipple, 61, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to theft, a Class 4 felony. He was sentenced to three years in prison followed by one year of parole.

On June 20, Whipple was spotted by Mt. Vernon Police removing property from the yard of a residence on South 12th Street, and Whipple has a prior conviction for theft.

n Leon L. Kemmerling, 21, Mt. Vernon, pleaded guilty to two counts of retail theft, both Class 4 felonies. He was sentenced to three years in prison followed by one year of mandatory supervised release. On Feb. 12, Kemmerling stole an item from Skelton’s Furniture. On June 6, he stole shoes from Payless Shoes.

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