MOUNT VERNON — On Friday, Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster handed down prison sentences in four felony cases, according to Prosecutor John Thatcher.
Dennis E. Lamp, 32, was convicted of one count of rape and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with minors for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl on June 7, and a 10-year-old girl on June 8, 2011. Lamp also sexually abused the girls several times last summer when they were 14 and 9 years old. On the rape charge, Lamp was sentenced to a prison term of 10 years up to a term of life in prison. The sentenced will be served consecutively with a seven-year prison term for the unlawful sexual conduct convictions. Lamp was also classified as a Tier III sex offender with a duty to register his address for life, should he ever be released from prison. Detectives Tom Bumpus and James Ferenbaugh, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.
Amanda D. Freed, 24, Mount Vernon, was convicted of robbing a Mount Vernon pizza shop on April 19, 2010. Freed was sentenced to a six-year prison term. Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case.
James E. McCoy, 37, was convicted of robbing a Mount Vernon jewelry store on Oct. 19 and of burglarizing a Columbus Road residence, stealing a blank check and then forging the check at a local bank on July 30, 2011. McCoy was sentenced to 24 months in prison. Patrolman Mike Wheeler, MVPD, investigated the robbery charge and former sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Roger Brown investigated the burglary and theft charges.
Jeffrey A. Hill, 35, Mount Vernon, was convicted of attempted illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs in connection with the discovery of an attempted methamphetamine “cook” on Nov. 7, 2011. Hill was sentenced to a 15-month prison term. Detective Sgt. Jeff Jacobs, MVPD, investigated the case.