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LISBON — Charles Michael Butler, 46, Youngstown, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs. He requested immediate sentencing and was sentenced to eight months in prison for one of the aggravated possession of drugs charges, which was for having methylenedioxymethamphetamine on May 27, 2019. He was sentenced to an additional nine months for the tampering with evidence charge for attempting to conceal drugs from authorities on Sept. 10, 2019. The six-month prison sentence for the second aggravated possession of drugs charge, for having oxycodone on May 25, 2018, will be served at the same time as the tampering with evidence charge.

Jennifer A. Libert, 45, Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, stipulated to violating the terms of her community control for charges of possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse. Her community control was dishonorably terminated and she was sentenced to six months in prison. The charges stemmed from having cocaine on Dec. 21, 2015, the same month she was allowing her North Market Street, Lisbon, apartment to be used for the commission of a felony drug abuse offense.

Gerald C. Lincoln, 47, Lake Park Row, Alliance, was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction and pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs for having methamphetamines and clonazepam on Sept. 3, 2017. Lincoln was placed on a three-year intervention plan.

Richard D. Simons Jr., 20, East Street, East Palestine, pleaded guilty to possession of a deadly weapon while under detention, a third-degree felony, for having a shank consisting of a sharpened metal rod with a plastic handle while he was incarcerated at the county jail on Feb. 18 for a burglary charge. Simons was placed on five years community control for the new charge, which will start after he is released from prison in 2023.

Robert A. Fusion Jr., 43, West Wilson Street, Salem, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs for having methamphetamines on March 25, 2019. Fusion was placed on a two-year intervention treatment plan.

DeJoure C. Hawkins, 20, South Street, Alliance, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control for an attempted burglary conviction. Hawkins will remain on community control but was sentenced to spend up to six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. The charge was for being on a South Mahoning Avenue, Alliance, property of Nicholas and Katherine Tubbs, where he opened the kitchen window with the intent to commit a burglary on March 13, 2018.

David Michael Lee Liptay, 19, state Route 14, Columbiana, was placed on four years community control for grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer. On June 28, 2019, Liptay had taken a 1997 Chevy Camaro belonging to Shawn Mason and refused to stop for police causing a risk of harm to himself and others.

Justin J. Davis, 29, Eric Drive, Lisbon, stipulated to violating the terms of his community control, which he is on for a trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance charge from Nov. 12, 2015. His community control was dishonorably terminated and he was sentenced to nine months in prison with credit for 179 days already served.

Vernon L. Ballard, 46, Allendale Avenue, New Waterford, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs for having methamphetamines on Oct. 7, 2019. Ballard requested immediate sentencing and was placed on three years community control.

Nikki Jo Koffel, 31, Morton Street, East Liverpool, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for grand theft of a motor vehicle and possessing criminal tools with credit for 302 days already served. On Oct. 9, 2019, Koffel took a 1996 Toyota pickup belonging to Jared Clark, using an instrument to commit the defense. Charges of escape and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

Alayah Thornton, 20, Commerce Street, Wellsville, was placed on four years community control while ordered to serve up to six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center for tampering with evidence and possession of heroin. On March 20, 2019, Thornton had a heroin compound and attempted to conceal evidence from authorities.

Aaron Sugar, 23, East Garfield Road, Petersburg, was placed on four years community control for two counts of aggravated possession of drugs with a forfeiture specification. Sugar had psilocyn and morphine on May 25. The $1,130 Sugar had in his possession was ordered forfeited. A drug paraphernalia charge was dismissed.

Malik Pullie, 23, Commerce Street, Wellsville, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, for having hydrocodone on April 24, 2019. Pullie was sentenced to six months in prison concurrent with a 12-month sentence he is currently serving in a tampering with evidence conviction.

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