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Commonwealth recommends 10-year sentence during Hancock Court Motion Day

Motion day proceedings / Commonwealth recommends 10-year sentence

Commonwealth Attorney Blake Chambers’ office recommended a total of 10 years in jail for Tell City, Ind. resident Steven J. Russelburg on theft and firearms charges. The court found Russelburg guilty of a charge of theft by unlawful taking for taking firearms from Nash Archery and Outdoor in Lewisport, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for possession of two .22 caliber rifles. He received five years in jail on each charge, for a total of 10 years in jail. Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Coleman handed down the sentence during the June motion day proceedings at the Hancock County Judicial Center.

Russelburg’s case started in May of 2022 when he, alone or in complicity with another person, stands accused of breaking into Nash Archery and Outdoor in Lewisport to steal items from the store. The Hancock County grand jury issued a six-count indictment against him in June of 2022. The grand jury accused him of burglary in the first degree, theft by unlawful taking or disposition-firearm, theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others $500 but less than $1,000, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and being a persistent felony offender in the second degree.

In May of this year Chambers’ office offered Russelburg a plea bargain agreement. In exchange for a plea of guilty to a charge of theft by unlawful taking-firearm and a convicted felon in possession of a firearm the Commonwealth agreed to dismiss the remaining charges. All parties took the agreement under advisement, and at the June motion day proceedings all parties accepted the agreement.

Boutcher given one year

At the June motion day proceedings, Commonwealth Attorney Blake Chambers’ office recommended a 12-month sentence with two years of probation for Hawesville resident James Christen Boutcher on a charge of assault in the fourth degree-domestic violence. Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Coleman handed down the sentence at the Hancock County Judicial Center.

According to the arrest complaint in the court file, in February of this year Boutcher accused his wife of cheating on him and he stands accused of assaulting her. In March of this year the Hancock County grand jury indicted Boutcher on charges of assault in the fourth degree-domestic violence, wanton endangerment in the first degree, menacing, terroristic threatening-third degree and violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.

During the June motion day proceedings, Chambers’ office offered Boutcher a plea bargain agreement. In exchange for a plea of guilty to the assault charge the Commonwealth agreed to drop the remaining charges in the case. All parties accepted the agreement.

Stanley to receive one year in jail

The Commonwealth Attorney’s office recommended a 12-month sentence for Hawesville resident Aaron C. Stanley on a charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition-gasoline for stealing $809.27 worth of gasoline. Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Coleman handed down the sentence at the June motion day proceedings.

In February of this year the Hancock County grand jury indicted Stanley, a member of the Hancock County Rescue Squad, on charges of unlawful access to a computer in the second degree, fraudulent use of a credit card $500 but less than $1,000 and theft by unlawful taking or disposition gasoline $500 but less than $1,000. At the June motion day proceedings Chambers’ office tendered a plea bargain agreement to Stanley.

In exchange for a plea of guilty to the theft charge, Chambers’ office agreed to dismiss the remaining charges in the case. All parties accepted the agreement.

Bench warrants issued

During the June motion day proceedings, the Hancock County judicial system issued bench warrants against five people for failure to appear in court. The court issued bench warrants for Vicky Lynn Hammond, Danny D. Coon, Jarrett J. Scott, Leon Dartt and Sara E. Austin.

Hammond failed to appear for two separate court cases against her. In the first case, the Hancock County grand jury indicted her for making false statements to obtain an increase in benefits greater than $100, being a persistent felony offender in the first degree and for a probation violation. In this case the court issued a $1,000 bench warrant. In the second case the Hancock County grand jury indicted Hammond for theft by unlawful taking disposition firearm, theft by unlawful taking controlled substance under $10,000, two charges of theft by unlawful taking all others $500 or more but under $10,000, burglary in the first degree, burglary in the second degree, a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, being a persistent felony offender and a probation violation. The court issued another $1,000 bench warrant against her.

The court issued a $195 bench warrant for Hawesville resident Danny D. Coon. He failed to appear in court on the charges of bail jumping in the first degree and being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.

Tell City resident Jarrett James Scott failed to appear in court in a drug related case, and the court issued a $1,000 bench warrant against him. He failed to appear in court on charges of possession of a controlled substance in the first degree first offense, possession of marijuana, controlled substance prescription not in original container and drug paraphernalia buy/possession.

Hawesville resident Leon Dartt failed to appear in court on theft related charges, and the court issued a $1,000 bench warrant against him. Dartt failed to appear in court on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others $1,000 but less than $10,000 and theft of property-lost/mislaid/delivered by mistake.

Indiana resident Sara E. Austin-Hill failed to appear in court on various drug related charges, and the court issued a $195 bench warrant against her. Austin-Hill failed to answer charges of fleeing or evading police-first degree, possession of a controlled substance first degree second offense, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a controlled substance-third degree.

By Ralph Dickerson

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