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Circuit court: guilty pleas on drug, forgery charges

Friday, October 16, 2009

In Dyer County Circuit Court on Sept. 8:

* An aggravated assault charge against Leaquinn B. Brown, 24, of Halls, was dismissed.

* Sonya Nicole Forsythe, 37, 169 Hamer Road, pleaded guilty to one count of forgery. A second count was dismissed. She was sentenced to two years in prison, serving that time consecutively to several prior sentences. She also was ordered to pay $500 restitution to First Citizens National Bank.

* Eric Haller, 37, 1175 S. Main Ave., pleaded guilty to two counts of selling less than half a gram of cocaine. He received concurrent sentences, serving six months in the county jail and three years of supervised probation. He was fined $2,000 in each count and both fines were suspended. In one count, Haller was also ordered to pay $130 restitution to the Dyer County Sheriff's Office narcotics division.

* April Dawn Hilliard, also known as April Johnson, 28, 1521 Bruceville Road, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of facilitating a sale of more than half a gram of cocaine. She was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail followed by five and a half years in a community corrections program.

* James Victor Lemons, 45, 412 Antioch Harbor Road in Henry County, pleaded guilty to writing a worthless check in excess of $500. He reportedly gave a $537 bad check to a local bail bonding company in 2007. He was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay $537 in restitution.

* Justin Lee McGuire, 23, 1850 Ayers, pleaded guilty to two counts of promoting the manufacture of methamphetamines. A related charge of simple possession of morphine, a Schedule II controlled substance, was dismissed. Law enforcement officers reportedly stopped McGuire twice in May while he possessed ingredients needed to make methamphetamines. In each count, he was sentenced to three years in prison and will serve those sentences consecutively.

* Angel C. Wilson, 25, 775 Tucker St., pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery and one count each of forgery in excess of $1,000 and theft of property less than $500. A related charge of failure to appear was dismissed.

On the first two forgery charges, Wilson was sentenced to a year in a community corrections program. She was ordered to pay $1,163 restitution to Little General No. 37 in Newbern.

On the third forgery charge, she was sentenced to three years in a community corrections program.

On the theft charge, she was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days in a community corrections program.

All of the sentences are to be served concurrently.



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