Several defendants plead guilty during arraignments

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 5, 2003

District Attorney Gary McAliley was able to get several guilty pleas out of the arraignments at the Pike County Courthouse Wednesday.

The head prosecutor for the 12th Judicial Circuit was very pleased with the results of the day's activities and said several deserving individuals are now headed off to the penitentiary.

The arraignment phase of the criminal justice system is where the judge calls off the docket and the defendants enter a plea. Among the day's highlights, McAliley said, was the probation revocation of Daniel Parker

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"He broke into his former wife's home, kicked her door in, took out a knife, put it to her throat and threatened to cut her throat if she, quote 'didn't give him some,'" McAliley said. "He was sentenced to 15 years, served one year and had the charge reduced from rape to sexual abuse in the first degree on her request. He served that one year and was ordered to complete a court referral program and ordered to report to probation."

However, McAliley said Parker had not reported since October and, as a result, had his probation revoked and was sentenced to serve the remainder of the 15 years.

Rusty Pruitt will face two years on probation for charges of arson in the second degree, McAliley said. This was a burning of a mobile home and he got a year and that year was suspended. McAliley said restitution would be sought in the case, but the amount had yet to be determined.

Cedric Devon Lampley was charged with two burglary counts and a breaking and entering of a vehicle. He faces two years in the penitentiary for each case and three years probation.

"He's got a good amount of restitution to pay," McAliley said of the case in which Pinkard's Gas and Food Mart suffered $4,792 in damages.

"There was $2,000 in cash was stolen and the other victim was S&C Materials and Paving, Inc., where he did $60 worth of damages," he said.

McAliley also cited $286 in damages stemming from the breaking and entering of the vehicle.

Several burglars met their fate at McAliley's prosecution Wednesday.

Ricco Swanson was charged with burglary in the first degree and got 10 years in the penitentiary, while Direko James Barnes pled guilty to two separate burglaries in the first degree and received 10 years in each case

McAliley said Barnes would owe restitution of approximately $9,000 but the final amount will be determined in the near future.

Christopher Trawick was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to a year and a day in jail. McAliley said the sentence was suspended and Trawick was put on probation, forced to pay $1,150 and lost his drivers license for 6 months.

In another case, a youthful offender pled guilty to possession of cocaine.

Stephen Stetson can be reached at stephen.stetson