MOUNT VERNON — George Butler will spend the next 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of rape, intimidation and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Knox Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster handed down the sentence on Friday that encompassed felony rape and intimidation of witness charges, as well as third-degree felony charges of unlawful sexual conduction with a minor.
Butler, 42, Mount Vernon, will have to register as a sex offender with the sheriff’s office of his county of residence every 90 days for the rest of his life, according to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher. Special prosecutors from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office prosecuted this case, and Lt. Gary Rohler, KCSO, investigated the case.
Damien T. Wilburn, 31, Bainbridge, was convicted of breaking and entering, vandalism, receiving stolen property and disrupting public services. On March 20, the Ross County man used bolt cutters and a pry bar to break into a cable company substation where he stole equipment that he later sold over the Internet. Wilburn’s actions also knocked out cable television, Internet access and telephone services to over 4,000 Knox County residents on the day of the break-in. Thatcher stated that Wilburn was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $116,167.67 in restitution to the cable company. Detective Sgt. Roger Brown, KCSO, investigated the case.
Teia R. Redmond, 27, Mount Vernon, was convicted of attempted complicity to commit aggravated robbery for robbing a 32-year-old man on McKinley Street, on the night of June 13. Thatcher said the victim was assaulted and his cash and credit cards were stolen. Redmond was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $510.46 in restitution to the victim. Patrolman Matt Jones and Detective David McElroy, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case.
Ruben E. Nelson, 24, Mount Vernon, was convicted of obstructing official business and endangering children for trying to avoid apprehension by the Mount Vernon Police Department by traversing the streets of Mount Vernon at a high rate of speed in his vehicle. After a marked cruiser stopped Nelson in the south end of the city, the detectives discovered that he had a 1-year-old child in the car. Thatcher stated that Eyster sentenced Nelson to nine months in prison. Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey and Detective David McElroy, MVPD, investigated this case.
Robert C. Fulton, 28, Mount Vernon, broke into a locked cash drawer kept at a Mount Vernon restaurant the night of April 9. Thatcher said Fulton was convicted of theft of $1,171, breaking and entering, and possessing criminal tools for using a hammer and screwdriver to break into the cash drawer. Fulton was sentenced to a three-year term of community control, as well as 60 days in jail, and he will be required to attend drug treatment. If Fulton violates any term of his community control sanction, he will serve an 11-month prison term. Patrolman Kyle Theibert and Sgt. Roger A. Monroe, MVPD, investigated this case.
Shane M. Price, 33, Fredericktown, was convicted of aggravated possession of drugs and aggravated trafficking in drugs for allegedly selling Oxycodone tablets to a confidential informant working for the Mount Vernon Police, on Dec. 10, 2009, and Jan. 8. Price was also convicted of calling a pharmacy with fraudulent prescriptions for Hydrocodone, on Nov. 30, 2009, and Feb. 24. Thatcher stated that Price was sentenced to a two-year term of community control, as well as 60 days in jail, and he will be required to attend drug treatment and maintain full-time employment. In addition, Price must pay $330 in restitution to the MVPD. Detective McElroy investigated the case.
Kerry Givens, 50, Fredericktown, was convicted of complicity in the commission of aggravated trafficking in drugs by aiding Marcus Hoadley in selling prescription drugs to a confidential informant in May. Givens was sentenced to a two-year term of community control and a six-month driver’s license suspension. If Givens violates any term of his community control sanction, he will serve a 17-month prison term. Detective Craig Feeney, Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey, and Detective Dave McElroy, MVPD, and Fredericktown Chief of Police Jerry Day investigated this case.