Lancaster County Circuit Court Report


by Audrey Thomasson

LANCASTER—The Lancaster County Circuit Court convened on February 2 and February 10, with the Hon. R. Michael McKenney presiding.

On February 2

Brandon T. Fisher of White Stone appeared in court for his weekly restitution payment of $100.

Richelle Laird Moses of Lancaster received a three year suspended sentence on a felony grand larceny conviction. She was given one year supervised probation and ordered to pay $50 a month in restitution.

Trevor Antonio Carter of Kilmarnock was sentenced to five years in prison with four years and six months suspended on a charge of felony distribution of a controlled substance.

Judge McKenney accepted an active sentence that was one month less than sentencing guidelines because Carter has no prison record, has family support and showed respectful behavior and accepted responsibility. Two other charges were nolle prossed.

Troy Donovan Bullock of Irvington was assigned a jury trial date of April 2l on three charges of felony manufacturing/distribution of a controlled substance.

Brian Keith Painter of Weems was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial. Trial was set for April 7.

Kimberly Dawn Benson of Lancaster was assigned a bench trial date of April 7 on five felony charges of distribution of schedule I/II drugs.

Jennifer L. George of White Stone asked for a five-hour furlough from jail to take care of family members. She is charged with pre-trial violation on 11 drug charges.

“I’m quite reluctant about this,” said Judge McKenny. He ordered drug and alcohol testing on her return to jail that day. “If you return positive today, you will receive the full sentence,” he said.

Chante Monet Merrill of Lancaster was arraigned on a misdemeanor embezzlement charge. A hearing was set for February 24.

Samantha Renee Ellis of Irvington was arraigned on felony embezzlement. A hearing was set for March 10.

On February 10

Judge McKenney issued a capias arrest warrant for Gregory Allen Pratt of Lively on five probation violations. The case was continued to February 17.

Sentence was revoked on Richard Walters of Gloucester, who had been charged with probation violation on two felony and one misdemeanor convictions.

The case of Kenneth B. Jackson of Topping, charged with probation violations on one felony and one misdemeanor conviction, was continued to March 3.

After making a weekly restitution payment, Fisher was ordered to return to court on March 3 for his next payment.

Patrick Meis of White Stone was in court for review of his conviction on misdemeanor assault, which is under advisement. A second charge of probation violation on the misdemeanor was dismissed.

Daryl Collin Mitchell of Lancaster entered a guilty plea on felony drug charges. He was sentenced to 20 years with all but six years suspended and ordered to pay $3,727.20 in court costs.

The trial of Calvin Flanders Taylor III of Kilmarnock on a second offense of three felony charges of distribution of Schedule I/II drugs was continued to Friday, February 17.

Richard Walters of Lancaster pled guilty to felony DWI, third offense. He was sentenced to five years with all but six months suspended.

Ashley Diana Hosmer of Heathsville was sentenced to 10 years with all suspended on a felony conviction of grand larceny and entering a structure to commit assault and battery. She was ordered to pay court costs of $1,983 and given two years of supervised probation.

Lancaster resident Christopher Ryan Brooks’s trial on felony grand larceny was continued to March 24.

The case against James Martimes Sellers of Warsaw, charged with violation of probation on 32 convictions, was continued to April 7.