MOUNT VERNON — On Friday, April 20, Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster handed down sentences in seven felony cases, according to Prosecutor John Thatcher.
Jaron M. Dean, 24, Mount Vernon, was convicted of domestic violence for assaulting his live-in girlfriend on Dec. 21, 2011. Dean was sentenced to 17 months in prison. Thatcher said Dean has prior convictions for domestic violence in the Mount Vernon and Circleville Municipal Courts in 2005 and 2010. Patrolman Travis Tharp, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case.
Shad W. Lynds, 39, Mount Vernon, was convicted of domestic violence for assaulting his live-in girlfriend on Dec. 8, 2011. Lynds was sentenced to 17 months in prison. Thatcher said Lynds has two prior domestic violence convictions in the Mount Vernon and Dayton Municipal Courts in 2009 and 2010. Sgt. Fred Gerber, MVPD, responded to the domestic disturbance call.
Benjamin L. Gordon, 24, Columbus, was convicted of aggravated possession of drugs for possessing Oxycodone tablets and other prescription pills on Feb. 25, 2011. Sgt. James Burkhart, Ohio State Highway Patrol, seized the pills when Gordon dropped them during a foot pursuit. Gordon was sentenced to 11 months in prison. Thatcher said Gordon is currently serving prison terms for felony convictions in Wayne, Lorain and Medina counties, in addition to the Knox County drug charge.
Jon D. Henderson Jr., 19, Powell, was convicted of felonious assault and child endangering for injuring an infant on Jan. 31. Henderson was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a three-year term of community control supervision. Henderson will serve a five-year prison sentence if he violates his supervision terms. Detective Tom Bumpus, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.
Raymond D. Atkins, 25, Howard, was convicted of passing bad checks and grand theft for depositing bad checks into a bank account between Aug. 18 and 21, 2011, and then withdrawing $12,000 from the bad check deposits. Atkins was sentenced to a 90-day jail term and ordered to pay $6,000 to the bank. The other half of the restitution will be paid by Atkins’ co-defendant, according to Thatcher. Atkins will serve a 17-month prison term if he violates any condition of his three-year term of community control supervision. Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case.
Brad A. Bonham, 33, Mount Vernon, was convicted of burglary, breaking and entering, and receiving stolen property for offenses committed between March 26 and April 10, 2010. Bonham and a co-defendant stole scrap metal using a stolen trailer, they burglarized a Gambier Road residence and committed breaking and entering by trespassing on property on Short Road and Marion Road, with the intent to commit a felony. Bonham was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision. Bonham will serve a 17-month prison term if he violates his supervision terms. Thatcher said Bonham was incarcerated in the Knox County Jail for 32 days while his case was pending. Deputy Tim Light, KCSO, investigated the case.
On April 17, Joashua A. Pruitt, 29, Gambier, was convicted of theft by deception for stealing cash from an ATM three separate times on Jan. 23. Pruitt was sentenced to nine months in prison. Thatcher said Pruitt has prior felony convictions in Knox County, and he was sentenced to prison in 2009 and 2010. Dailey investigated the case.