MOUNT VERNON — Judge Otho Eyster handed down sentences today in five felony cases. According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Douglas L. Morris, 51, Mount Vernon, was sentenced to prison for 17 months for driving under the influence of alcohol for the eleventh time in twenty years. Morris’ driver’s license was also suspended for life. Trooper Gary Lewis, State Highway Patrol, arrested Morris after a traffic stop, on January 15.
Casey A. Swope, 31, Howard, was convicted of trafficking in heroin for selling heroin to a confidential informant, on May 3. Swope was sentenced to an 11 month prison term. Detective Corporal Matt Dailey and Detectives James DeChant and Craig Feeney investigated the case.
Mark M. Talbott, Jr., 26, Columbus, was convicted of breaking and entering for breaking into an unoccupied house on Baird Road, on November 13. Talbott was sentenced to 75 days in jail and a three year term of community control supervision. Talbott will serve an 11 month prison term, if he violates his supervision. Deputies Scott Baker and Wayne Noggle, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.
Joshua J. Stygler, 35, Fredericktown, was convicted of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. Stygler was sentenced to a three year term of community control supervision, including a three day jail sentence. He will serve an 11 month prison term, if he violates his supervision. Thatcher said on October 26, Sergeant Justin Hurlburt, State Patrol, stopped Stygler for a traffic violation on South Gay Street. Suspecting he was driving under the influence of alcohol, Hurlburt administered field sobriety tests which Stygler failed. A .45 caliber handgun in the glove box of Stygler’s vehicle at the time of the traffic stop was also forfeited to the State Patrol as part of his sentence. Stygler was convicted of drunk driving in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court, according to Thatcher.
In May 2011, Erica N. Cotter, 32, Mount Vernon, was convicted of possessing methamphetamine and sentenced to 30 days in jail and a three year term of community control supervision. Cotter was sentenced to an additional 90 day jail term today for violating the terms of her supervision. Thatcher said Cotter tested positive for marihuana and methamphetamine, last month.