by Audrey Thomasson
LANCASTER—A mistake in New Jersey court records put a man’s reputation and freedom in jeopardy when the error resulted in a felony charge of perjury in Lancaster County Circuit Court.
According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Jan Smith, when Marcus Allan Mondy filed for a permit to carry a weapon, he stated on the form that he had no felony convictions. However, a background check showed a felony conviction in a New Jersey court.
Mondy was arraigned on the perjury charge February 16 and retained attorney Kenny Kunkle to defend him in a trial set for April 6.
After a call to New Jersey prosecutors, an investigation was launched. It took just three days for that court to find the mistake and contact Smith with the news—there was no felony conviction against Mondy.
On a motion by Kunkle, Judge R. Michael McKenney dismissed the charge.
Judge McKenney also presided over the following cases on April 6:
Maria F. Thompson of Cardinal agreed to have an attorney represent her on probation violations on misdemeanor and felony convictions. The case was continued to April 20.
Ella Louise Hardy of Kilmarnock appeared in court on review of her case. She was granted a restricted driver’s license for medical requirements. Judge McKenney told attorney Brent Jackson that Hardy also needed to work out a payment plan with the clerk’s office no later than April 20. The next review was set for April 27.
The trial of William Morris Noel on felony possession of Schedule I/II drugs with intent to distribute was continued to June 22 on a motion by defense.
Desiree Genee McGee of Chesapeake failed to appear for trial on a charge of felony grand larceny. The court ordered a capias for her arrest.
The trial of Kenyan L. Watson of Chesapeake was postponed after police were unable to serve him. The judge set June 8 as a return date.
The case against Joshua Evan Luckett of Saluda was continued on a joint motion by defense and the state. A new date was set for April 27 on charges of failure to appear. Trial for grand larceny was set for June 1.
The trial of Matthew Gregory Stevens of Farnham on failure to report an accident and reckless endangerment was set for June 1.
The trial of Stephen Anthony Via of Church Road on misdemeanor charges of purchasing alcohol for minors was set for April 13.
James Charles Newton of Weems was arraigned on pre-trial violations. He was assigned a court-appointed attorney. A hearing was set for April 13.