MOUNT VERNON — Judge Otho Eyster handed down four prison sentences today. According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Jason W. Taylor, 33, Mount Vernon, was sentenced to five years in prison for engaging in sexual conduct with a a 15 year old Mount Vernon girl, between January 15 and February 11. This is Taylor’s second conviction for the same offense as he was previously convicted of the crime in 2006, in Licking County. Taylor was also classified as a Tier II sex offender with a 25 year registration period after he is released from prison. Detective Tom Bumpus, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.

Shelley A. Rose, 44, Centerburg, was convicted of committing theft from the elderly for stealing $80,000.00 from two victims, between January 2010 and August 2012. She was sentenced to nine months in prison. The crime victims are Rose’s 67 year old former employer and her former employer’s 88 year old mother-in-law. Thatcher said Rose paid restitution in the amount of $45,000.00 before pleading guilty to the offense, on May 24, and she will be required to pay the remaining $35,000.00 as part of her sentence. Detective David Light, KCSO, investigated the case.

Joseph R. Thomas, 21, Mount Vernon, was convicted of making $1,131.49 in unauthorized charges on a credit card, on March 28. He was sentenced to an 11 month prison term. Detective Craig Feeney, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case. In a separate case, Thomas’s 2011 community control supervision sentence was revoked due to committing the credit card crime. He was sentenced to a 17 month prison term, to be served concurrently with the prison sentence in the credit card case.

Mark A. Banbury, 34, Danville, was convicted of possessing stolen checks and sentenced to 11 months in prison. On May 2, Banbury tried to cash a stolen check at a bank, in Danville. The investigation done by Sergeant Dan Weckesser, DPD, led to the discovery of three more stolen checks Banbury cashed at other County banks, on April 30 and May 1. Detective Light assisted with the investigation.



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