MOUNT VERNON — According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, David R. Atkinson, 35, Utica, was convicted of aggravated possession of drugs for possessing cocaine, heroin and a syringe in a Centerburg apartment on Nov. 4, 2011. Atkinson was sentenced to an 11-month prison term, and his driver’s license was suspended for six months. Thatcher said Atkinson was arrested on Aug. 8 because he failed to appear for a sentencing hearing originally scheduled for July 27. Lt. Gary Rohler and Detective Doug Turpen, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.
Chase G. McMillen, 39, Sunbury, was convicted of attempted burglary and aggravated assault for breaking into a Centerburg residence and assaulting the 57-year-old male resident, on Nov. 5, 2011. McMillen was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision, including a mandatory drug, alcohol and mental health assessment and monitoring. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $4,898. McMillen will serve a 17-month prison term if he violates his supervision. Thatcher said the Nov. 5 incident was apparently the result of a dispute between McMillen and the victim over McMillen’s wife. Rohler investigated the case.
Kelsey L. Dunno, 22, Mount Vernon, was convicted of passing bad checks. Dunno was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision, including a mandatory drug and alcohol assessment and monitoring. She was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $6,000. Dunno will serve a 17-month prison term if she violates her supervision. Thatcher said Dunno and her co-defendant, Raymond Atkins, deposited bad checks into a bank account, between Aug. 18 and 21, 2011, and then withdrew $12,000 from the account before the bad checks were returned. Atkins has already been sentenced and ordered to pay the other half of the restitution, according to Thatcher. Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the cases.
On Aug. 19, 2011, Jayson L. Ferguson, 19, Fredericktown, was convicted of receiving stolen property and sentenced to 180 days in jail and a three-year term of community control supervision. Ferguson’s supervision was terminated unsuccessfully today because he failed to stay in contact with his supervising officer, he used drugs illegally and he failed to keep appointments at the Freedom Center. Prior to terminating the supervision term, Judge Otho Eyster gave Ferguson credit for the 330 days he has served in jail toward his 11-month prison sentence that was suspended last August. Thatcher said an offender who has been terminated unsuccessfully from community control supervision in the past will likely receive a prison term for any felonies the offender commits in the future.