MOUNT VERNON — On Friday, April 22, Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster handed down sentences in five felony cases, according to Prosecutor John Thatcher.
Justin E. Brown, 25, Mount Vernon, was sentenced to 17 months in prison after he admitted he violated the terms of his community control supervision by failing to report to his supervising office since last November. Thatcher said on March 12, 2010, Brown was convicted of breaking and entering and safecracking for breaking into a Coshocton Road store and stealing money from the store’s safe.
Brian D. Jose, 28, Mount Vernon, was sentenced to a 180-day jail sentence after he admitted he violated the terms of his community control supervision by testing positive for drugs on March 11. Jose will serve part of this sentence at a halfway house. Thatcher said on Feb. 25, Jose was convicted of burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of criminal tools for breaking into a Columbus Road apartment while in possession of a crowbar.
Jayson S. Horlacher, 30, Mount Vernon, was convicted of two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs for selling 100 Methadone tablets to a confidential informant working for the Mount Vernon Police Department on July 2, 2010, and for selling another 100 Methadone tablets four days later. Horlacher was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision including a 60-day jail sentence. Horlacher was also fined $10,000 and his driver’s license was suspended for six months. Thatcher said Horlacher will spend three years in prison if he violates his community control supervision. Detective Craig Feeney, MVPD, investigated the case.
Matthew L. Morrison, 26, Mount Vernon, was convicted of attempted assault on a peace officer for attempting to assault a deputy at the Knox County Jail on Sept. 16, 2010. Morrison was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision including continued alcohol treatment and monitoring and an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. Thatcher said Morrison will spend 11 months in prison if he violates his community control supervision. Deputies Lee Eppich, Jason Wilson and Monica Durbin, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, handled the case.
Melissa A. Vess, 41, was convicted of disrupting public services for setting a barn on fire in Danville on July 9. Thatcher said by setting the fire Vess impaired the ability of firefighters to respond to other legitimate emergencies. Vess was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision including continued mental health counseling. Vess will spend 15 months in prison if she violates her community control supervision, according to Thatcher. Detective Sgt. Roger Brown, KCSO, and Investigator Tom Benson, State Fire Marshall’s Office, investigated the case.