MOUNT VERNON — On Friday, Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster handed down sentences in five felony cases, according to Prosecutor John Thatcher.
In separate cases, David L. Burnside, 51, Mount Vernon, was convicted of burglary for breaking into a Follin Avenue apartment the night of May 21, 2010, and obstructing official business for failing to stop for Patrolman Rex Young, Mount Vernon Police Department, on Nov. 12. Burnside received concurrent prison sentences of two years and 11 months.
Ronald E. Thomas Jr., 50, was convicted of attempted gross sexual imposition for attempting to engage in sexual contact with a 9-year-old boy in the victim’s home, on Aug. 6, 2010. Thomas was sentenced to a 17-month prison term and classified as a Tier II Sex Offender with a 25-year registration period. Detective Sgt. Roger Brown, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.
Mark A. McElfresh, 34, St. Louisville, was convicted of aggravated possession of drugs for possessing 65 grams of Methamphetamine, on Dec. 13, 2010. McElfresh was sentenced to a one-year prison term and fined $5,000. Detective Sgt. Jeff Jacobs and Detective David McElroy, MVPD, handled the investigation.
Taylor B. Smith, 21, Danville, was convicted of burglary for breaking into a house on Adamson Street in Mount Vernon, and assaulting a 20-year-old male victim, on July 18, 2010. Smith was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision including a 60-day jail sentence. Smith will serve a 17-month prison term if he violates the terms of his community control supervision. Patrolman Justin Trowbridge, MVPD, investigated the case.
Douglas J. Baldinger, 41, was convicted of receiving stolen property for possessing stolen ornamental fish called Koi between January 2005 and April 2010. Baldinger was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision including a 30-day jail sentence. Baldinger will serve an 11-month prison term if he violates the terms of his community control supervision. Detective Roger Brown investigated the case.