Felony charge dismissed for Lynchburg man as per plea agreement

Last updated: August 07. 2014 10:58PM - 1529 Views
By Sarah Allen sallen@civitasmedia.com



Defense attorney Conrad Curren and Jacob Hamilton are pictured in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday.
Defense attorney Conrad Curren and Jacob Hamilton are pictured in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday.
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A Mount Orab man facing his second assault charge entered into a plea agreement in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday.


As per the agreement, Jacob Hamilton, 22, pled guilty to an amended and reduced charge of persistent disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. The state recommended that a 30-day jail sentence be suspended on the condition that Hamilton agree to stay away from the alleged victim.


Hamilton told the court, “I’m sorry for what I did.”


A 30-day jail sentence was suspended, and Hamilton’s probation was extended for three years. In addition, he will have to pay a $250 fine.


Hamilton will also have to observe an 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. curfew and obtain anger management classes.


The alleged victim, who was in the courtroom Thursday, later requested that the no contact order be lifted. Hillsboro Municipal Court Acting Judge Jeffrey Lyle followed that request.


Also entering into a plea agreement Thursday was Kenneth M. Piersall Jr., 43, of Lynchburg.


Piersall had originally been charged with third-degree felony possession of a firearm while under disability, as well as with driving on a suspended license and failing to use a turn signal, a minor misdemeanor.


As per the agreement, the felony was dismissed and the driving on a suspended license charge was amended to driving without a license, a first-degree misdemeanor.


Piersall pled guilty to both the amended charge as well as failing to use a turn signal. He told the court on Thursday that the incident from which the charges came had been “unfortunate.”


He also said he wanted to follow the appropriate steps to obtain his license again.


He was fined $500, with $250 of that suspended. Piersall was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 81 days suspended. He was given nine days jail time credit.


Piersall will be on non-reporting probation.


In other cases, Richard L. Washburn, 21, of Greenfield, was found guilty of a probation violation and will serve jail time.


According to court records, a 30-day jail sentence had been furloughed in June on the condition that Washburn enter a halfway house in Chillicothe. At that time, he had been convicted of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.


Lyle said that because Washburn had “walked away” from that program, the previous furlough would be revoked.


Washburn began serving that sentence on Thursday. A probation violation hearing was scheduled for Sept. 22.


Alicia M. Ralston, 26, of Hillsboro, pled not guilty to possession of drug abuse instruments and obstructing official business, both second-degree misdemeanors, as well as driving on suspension.


A pretrial was scheduled for Sept. 5.


Ralston was placed on a $2,500 bond as the new charges were possible probation violations of previous convictions.


Sarah Allen may be reached at 937-402-2571 or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.

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