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Criminal court session starts with plea bargains

Although jury selections started on Monday, not many cases from this session’s docket will actually proceed to trial.

District Attorney John Andrews said that the scenario is common, especially with drug offenses.

“Some of them we struck a jury on, just for them to decide to take a plea,” Andrews said. “If you plea to distribution, you are going to prison, so they’ll hold out as long as they can.”

The case of Lane Skinner, is expected to wrap up sometime today. Andrews said Skinner is accused of second-degree assault.

Andrews said they expect to strike a jury on Monday for Vernon Reeves and get the trail underway.

Two high-profile trials have yet to be scheduled, Andrews said. The case of Romerill Angelo Miller, accused of murder, has not gone through with jury selections. The case of Gerald Hall, accused of rape 2nd, has been delayed until the next session.

The following persons pleaded guilty, according to district attorney John Andrews:

Ricky Earl Peagler, originally charged with assault, 2nd and two counts of theft of property.

Cynthia Rena Crenshaw, originally charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

Marcus Smith, originally charged with assault, 2nd.

Rico Hartley, originally charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

Virgil Buddy Mitchell, originally charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Kimberley Amanda Edwards, originally charged with theft of property, 2nd and burglary, 2nd.

Ruby Thomas, originally charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

Jeremy LeRonn Womack, originally charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

Sandra Dongle Powell, originally charged with three counts of receiving stolen property, 1st, two counts of receiving stolen property, 2nd, and possession of marijuana, 2nd.