Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
January 5, 2013 8:49 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Judge Otho Eyster handed out various sentencings Friday morning in Knox County Court of Common Pleas. Included on the docket were drug convictions and thefts.


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Pulled from Friday’s court docket was Tabitha Raver who was scheduled to plead guilty to charges of child endangering, following the August 2012 death of her son, Kendrick Breece, and the abuse of three of her other children. Knox County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Springer said the plea is being rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 18.

Demonno A. Rhodes who was appearing on fourth-degree felony charges of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine. A third charge of trafficking in heroin had been dismissed. Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher told the News that this charge was dismissed because it was the lesser of all charges and had the weakest of evidence.

Having delivered a guilty plea to these charges on Nov. 16, 2012, Rhodes was represented by defense attorney Bruce Malek. Rhodes apologized to Eyster for his actions, saying he let his judgment be clouded by drugs and that he wanted to put this behind him.

Eyster sentenced Rhodes to a definite prison term of 17 months on count one and 11 months on count two with 90 days of credit allowed. The prison terms are to be served concurrently. No fines were assessed, but Rhodes was ordered to pay court costs. Upon release from jail, Rhodes may have up to three years of post-release control. Eyster advised Rhodes to return to his address in Franklin County upon his release.

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