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Drugs and Alcohol Major Factors in Felony Sentencings

September 12, 2015 - 7:00 PM

MOUNT VERNON – Seven felony defendants were sentenced Friday in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas.  According to Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville, drugs or alcohol played a role in six out of seven of the seven cases. 


Frederick Olive, 32, of Mount Vernon, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on a conviction for Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, a third-degree felony.  Olive was arrested in April after Mount Vernon Police and Knox County Sheriff’s deputies raided his East Pleasant Street apartment after receiving a search warrant for a meth lab. Judge Otho Eyster also suspended Olive’s driver’s license for a two year period. This case was investigated by Det. Cpl. Beth Marti of MVPD and Det. Sgt. Craig Feeney of the Knox County Sheriff's Office.


Ryan Gibson, 48, of Mount Vernon, was sentenced to two years in prison for Burglary, a felony of the second degree. Gibson had been drinking on January 25 when he forcibly entered an apartment on Oak Drive in Mount Vernon and engaged in a physical confrontation with one of the occupants.  Gibson will serve a three year term of post-release control upon his release from prison.  This case was investigated by MVPD Patrolmen Jason Payne, Zachary Miller and Mike Wheeler.


Jeremy Morris, 26, of Mount Vernon, was sentenced to 11 months in prison on a charge of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a fifth-degree felony. In December of 2014, Morris was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. This case was investigated by MVPD Patrolman Brian Weiser.


Bobbie Whipple, 36, of Mount Vernon, was sentenced to a three year term of community control and 120 days in jail for Permitting Drug Abuse, a felony of the fifth degree.  In early 2015, Whipple knowingly allowed her residence on East High Street to be used for felony drug trafficking offenses by other persons.  In addition to her jail term, she will have to complete a drug and alcohol assessment and a period of drug and alcohol monitoring.  Her driver’s license was suspended for a period of six months.  If she does not comply with her terms of community control, Whipple faces a suspended prison term of 11 months. This case was investigated by MVPD Detective James DeChant.


Three of the defendants appearing in Common Pleas Court on Friday were resentenced for violating their terms and conditions of community control.  They included:


Angela Ervin, 42, of Dingess, West Virginia, was resentenced on an original charge of Deception to Obtain Dangerous Drugs, a fifth degree felony.  Ervin was sentenced on this charge in June of 2010.  Approximately one month later, she left Knox County without the permission of her probation officer, moving to West Virginia.  She was arrested in Mount Vernon in July of this year on a warrant for failure to appear in court.  Ervin was sentenced to 330 days in jail, with 218 days of credit for time served. At the end of her sentence, she will be terminated unsuccessfully from community control, meaning she faces prison for any subsequent felonies.


James Duncan, 24, of Mount Vernon, was resentenced on an original charge of Theft from an Elderly Person, a fifth-degree felony. Duncan’s community control was revoked due to an April incident where he admitted to using methamphetamine.  Duncan was sentenced to 150 days in jail with credit for 60 days served.  Duncan will be terminated unsuccessfully from community control at the end of his jail term.


Kyle Walker, 20, of Mount Vernon, was resentences on an original charge of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, a fourth-degree felony.  Walker was kicked out of the Mansfield Volunteers of America sex offender program due to a confrontation with a staff member.  He was sentenced to 320 days in jail with credit for 290 served.  At the end of his sentence, Walker will be terminated unsuccessfully from community control.

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