Home confinement ordered for drug and weapon convictions

Possession of illegal drugs and a weapons conviction is causing a Paris man to serve an electronic-home-monitoring jail sentence.

Ernest L. Tessman, 22, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class 4 felony possession of a controlled substance and a Class A misdemeanor illegal possession of a firearm charges during the June 28 criminal and traffic call in Edgar County Circuit Court. 

For the felony charge, he was sentenced to 120 days in jail with the first 30 days to be served as electronic home monitoring. The remaining 90 days in jail are subject to a motion to vacate. Other terms of the felony sentence include two years of first-offender probation, 10 hours of community service work, a $500 fine, court costs and various state fees.

In the second case, Tessman received an identical jail sentence and 18 months of conditional discharge, both to be served concurrently with the felony conviction. He was also assessed a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees.

Tessman was ordered to forfeit all items seized at the time of his arrest and to complete counseling per an evaluation.

Other individuals appearing before the bench June 25 and 28 included:

 

In Custody

-Randy J. Bramlett, 51, no address provided, appeared in custody. He was charged with a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. He was released on a personal recognizance bond and ordered to have no contact with the apparent victim or the victim’s residence. He told the court he will reside with his sister in Paris. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel. Bramlett was remanded to custody pending release processing.

-Michael Cravens, no age provided, Kansas, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 3 felony failure to register as a sex offender and a Class 4 felony being a sex offender within 500 feet of a public park. He told the court he will hire an attorney and the matter was continued for the preliminary hearing. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Jeffrey P. Eskew, 28, Paris, appeared in custody. His unresolved Class 4 felony theft and a Class A misdemeanor retail theft charges were continued for a negotiated plea agreement. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond. 

-Quinton A. Inman, 25, Paris, appeared in custody. His unresolved Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine charge was continued for a first appearance with counsel. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Saundra D. Johnson, 28, Greenup, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery. The public defender was assigned to the case, and Johnson was granted a personal recognizance bond with an order to have no contact with the apparent victim or the victim’s Paris residence. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel, and she was remanded to custody pending release processing. 

-Joshua D. Phillips, 37, Marshall, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 4 felony domestic battery with prior convictions. Bond was set at $5,000 with a condition he is to have no contact with the apparent victim or the residence. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel. He was remanded to custody pending posting of bond. 

-Sherry L. Ricketts, 47, Paris, appeared in custody and was charged with a Class 2 felony burglary and a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The public defender was appointed and bond was set at $5,000. She was ordered to have no contact with the apparent victims or the residence. The matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel. She was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

-Ashley D. Vest, 25, Chrisman, appeared in custody and was presented with a petition to revoke her probation sentence for a Class 2 felony burglary conviction. The public defender was appointed and a hearing was scheduled. She was remanded to custody pending posting of bond.

 

Charges

-Austin D.J. Adams, 21, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The public defender was appointed and a first appearance with counsel was scheduled.

-Ronnie L. Butts, 42, Paris, was charged and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference. 

-Leslie K. Dunagan, 35, Kansas, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property. The public defender was appointed and a first appearance with counsel was scheduled.

-Evan S. Holt, 21, Mattoon, was charged with two counts of a Class A misdemeanor battery. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Megan A. Idrizoski, 27, Paris, was charged and pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor retail theft. She has hired an attorney and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Jacob S. Lynch, 24, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor driving on a revoked license. The public defender was appointed. A first appearance with counsel was scheduled.

-Justin L. McCarty, 28, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke his conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor criminal damage to property conviction. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Amea L. Morecraft, 37, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor retail theft. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

-Jacob L. Neibarger, 22, Paris, was presented with a petition to revoke his court supervision sentence for a Class A misdemeanor battery conviction. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Dustin Wayne Sallee, 36, Paris, was charged with a Class A misdemeanor aggravated assault. The public defender was appointed and the matter was continued for a first appearance with counsel.

 

Guilty pleas

-Robert W. Crowder, 37, Paris, admitted a petition to revoke his probation sentence for a Class 4 felony aggravated driving while license is revoked conviction. A presentencing investigation was ordered and a sentencing status hearing was scheduled.

-Brandon M. McDaniels, 20, Downer’s Grove, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor speeding charge. He was sentenced to a $400 fine, court costs and various state fees.

-Donny C. Newman, 29, Paris, admitted a petition to revoke his court supervision sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound conviction. The court supervision sentence was revoked and the case shows record of the conviction. He was found in default of payments and the case was referred to the collection agency. 

-Dustin M. Sly, 19, Paris, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor retail theft charge. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. Sly was also banned from Circle K for the duration of the sentence.

-Adam Todd Stephens, 23, Kansas, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license charge. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge, 100 hours of community service work, a $300 fine, court costs and various state fees. 

-Jesse C.A. Wyrick, 26, Paris, admitted a petition to revoke his conditional discharge sentence for a Class A misdemeanor driving on a suspended license conviction. He was resentenced to 60 days in jail with good conduct credit to apply and subject to a motion to vacate, 18 months of conditional discharge and ordered to pay all previous financial obligations. 

 

Not guilty pleas

-Shawna B. Behiter, 43, Brocton, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving on a revoked license charge. She told the court she is still hiring an attorney. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Thomas M. Devers, 42, Paris, pleaded not guilty to a Class 4 felony false 9-1-1 call and a Class 4 felony false request for an ambulance charges. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference. 

-Michael S. Gallion, 34, Kansas, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 3 felony possession of methamphetamine. He told the court he is still trying to hire an attorney. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-James W. Kindred, 23, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 2 felony burglary charge. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

-Kyle A. Matthews, 28, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 2 felony burglary, two counts of a Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing from a police officer, a Class 4 felony criminal trespass to a residence, a Class 4 felony domestic battery with prior convictions, a Class A misdemeanor speeding and a Class A misdemeanor domestic battery charges. The matter was continued for a bond modification hearing.

-Susumu Ogami, 56, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol charge and the matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Patricia L. Ross, 47, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 2 felony failure to register as a sex offender charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Christopher M. Strand, 35, Bozeman, Mont., pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class 1 felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol charge. The state dismissed a Class 4 felony aggravated driving while license is revoked charge. The matter was continued for a pretrial conference.

-Tyra J. Wallace, 32, Paris, pleaded not guilty with a jury trial demand to a Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge. A pretrial conference was scheduled.

 

Other matters

-Charlie E. Brown, 28, Terre Haute, Ind., failed to appear in court. It was noted Brown has paid in full the financial obligations attached to his sentence for a Class 4 felony solicitation to meet a child conviction. The state withdrew a petition to revoke Brown’s conditional discharge sentence, and the state withdrew the admission to the petition. The matter was continued for completion of the conditional discharge sentence.  

-Kassady C. Neibarger, 29, Terre Haute, Ind., appeared in court and surrendered on a failure to appear warrant. She posted $250 bond and was released. 

-Travis A. Reed, 45, Sullivan, failed to appear and the court denied a defense motion to continue the motion to vacate jail time attached to Reed’s Class 3 felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol conviction. A 50-day sentence was imposed and an arrest warrant issued. Reed was also found in default of payments and that matter was referred to a collection agency.

 

Warrants

Warrants were ordered when the following individuals failed to answer the  court call: Christina D. Bell, 42, Hume; Kylee K. Bowman, 18, Paris; Shawn M. Custer, 23, Paris; Amea L. Morecraft, 37, Paris; Johnny G. Oaks, 38, West Terre Haute, Ind.;  Nathaniel E. Schumacher, 21, Paris; Christopher J. Stewart, 42, Thomasboro; and Jeramie A. Vicars-Goings, 35, Terre Haute, Ind.

 

The Prairie Press

101 Central Avenue Paris, IL 61944