MOUNT VERNON — A Marengo man was sentenced to four years in prison for the death of Connie Fyffe after being convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide in Knox County Common Pleas Court on Friday.
Lester A. Moore, 37, Marengo, was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Moore was sentenced to a four-year prison term, and his driver’s license was suspended for 10 years. Moore was also ordered to pay $18,306 in restitution to the crime victim’s family. Thatcher said on the night of July 4, 2009, Moore was operating a motorcycle westbound on Sparta Road near Fredericktown. Connie Fyffe, 38, was his passenger. Moore failed to negotiate a curve, slid off the road and overturned the motorcycle ejecting both occupants. Fyffe was seriously injured and died as the result of her injuries on Aug. 1. Thatcher said tests conducted at the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s crime lab revealed Moore had a blood alcohol level of 0.128 at the time of the crash. Trooper Joshua Stryker investigated the crash.
Also appearing in court, according to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, were:
Robert W. Lively, 44, Mount Vernon, was convicted of fleeing and eluding and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Lively was sentenced to a 15-month prison term for the fleeing and eluding charge served consecutively with a 30-day term of incarceration for the OVI offense. Lively’s driver’s license was suspended for three years, he was ordered to pay $530 to the crime victims for property damage and he was fined $375. Thatcher said on Oct. 29, 2009, Lively struck several vehicles on North Sandusky Street with his white pickup truck. Several Mount Vernon police officers attempted to stop Lively, but he ran from them and struck part of a house and other vehicles on Jefferson Street. Thatcher said after driving through several yards, Lively finally crashed his truck into a tree on South Harrison Street. A blood test later revealed Lively was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .338. Patrolmen Brian Weiser and Qade Lewis handled the case.
Mark E. Wilcox, 50, Mount Vernon, was convicted of illegal cultivation of marijuana, trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in marijuana. Wilcox was sentenced to a 17-month prison term and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000. Wilcox also forfeited $2,606.27 connected with the commission of the drug offenses, and his driver’s license was suspended for six months. Thatcher said on June 30 and July 3, 2009, Wilcox sold cocaine and marijuana to a confidential informant working for the MVPD. On July 3, officers executed a search warrant and discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation in Wilcox’s residence. Detective Craig Feeney investigated the case.
Christopher M. Cole, 21, Mount Vernon, was convicted of trafficking in marijuana. Cole was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision, and he was ordered to submit to a drug and alcohol assessment and use monitoring. Cole will serve an 11-month prison sentence, if he violates any term of his supervision. Cole’s driver’s license was also suspended for six months. Thatcher said on Nov. 23, 2009, Probation Officer Rene Joris, Mount Vernon Municipal Court, found 27 individually wrapped baggies containing marijuana in a fire safe hidden in Cole’s residence during a routine probationer house check.
On June 5, 2009, David R. Scott Jr., 36, Danville, was convicted of theft for stealing a 32-inch television from a local department store. Scott was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision, including a 60-day jail sentence, and he was ordered to successfully complete a program at an in-patient drug rehabilitation facility. On Friday, Scott admitted that he violated his supervision terms in March, when he was charged with trespassing and again in May, when he tested positive for cocaine and violated his curfew. Eyster imposed the remainder of Scott’s 11-month prison sentence for these violations.