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Covering Covington County: District Attorney's Office takes 26 guilty pleas

COVINGTON COUNTY, AL., (WSFA) -- Over the last few weeks, 26 persons have entered felony guilty pleas in the Circuit Court of Covington County. According to District Attorney Greg Gambril, defendants have appeared before Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan, Circuit Judge Charles "Lex" Short, and District Judge Frank "Trippy" McGuire to admit their guilt in cases involving a number of crimes.

"A large number of these cases were pending on our December grand jury docket, but we were able to settle several of these without even having to present them to grand jury. In fact, the December grand jury returned 218 true bills, but, since June grand jury ended, we have been able to dispose of cases that would have equated to an additional 198 true bills in December," Gambril pointed out. "In other words, we have cleared almost as many cases as we ended up indicting in the December grand jury, which means obtaining justice for crime victims and society within months of the crime occurring."

Gambril thanked District Judge McGuire for putting in extra time to take the increased number of guilty pleas. "With the large number of pre-indictment guilty pleas that we have been seeing, Judge McGuire, who requested appointment as a special circuit judge to receive guilty pleas in felony cases, has gone above and beyond in working with us to schedule these pleas. He already has one of the busiest court dockets in the state, but has recognized the need for resolving cases as quickly as possible."

"All of the assistant district attorneys employed in my office, but especially Drug Task Force Prosecutor Grant Scott, have worked diligently towards resolving new cases as quickly as possible and in finding cases that have been awaiting placement on the trial docket and settling those as well," Gambril said.

The following defendants have recently entered guilty pleas:

Cecil Ray Blue, Jr., 38, pled guilty to Receiving Stolen Property, Second Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was sentenced to five years, five years, and one year respectively.

Joshua Robert Burns, 44, pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. He received a sentence of three years imprisonment.

Summer D. Carroll, 21, pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. She received a sentence of three years imprisonment.

Joseph Deason, 22, pled guilty to three counts of Burglary, Third Degree and was sentenced to ten years on each count, to run concurrently with each other.

Allen Keith Denny, 41, pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Chemical Endangerment of a Child. He was sentenced six years imprisonment on each charge.

Nolan Paul Denny, 18, pled guilty to Burglary, Third Degree, three counts. He was sentenced to ten years on each count.

Brenda Gail Douglas, 44, pled guilty to Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance, Second Degree. She was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

James Henry-Udell Duckworth, 53, pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Second Degree. He was sentenced to ten years and one year imprisonment.

Kenneth Dewayne Harrison, 39, pled guilty to Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance, Second Degree. He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

Christopher Lee Jackson, 45, pled guilty to Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He received a sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

Johnny Benson Lacey, 51, pled guilty to Fraudulent Use of Credit Card and Unlawful Possession of a Forged Instrument, Second Degree. He received concurrent sentences of 5 years.

Nick Lawson, 35, pled guilty to two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was sentenced to twenty years imprisonment on each count.

Chancellor Gabriel Matthews, 24, pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the First Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Resisting Arrest. He received concurrent sentences of five years, one year, and six months, respectively.

Craig D. Musgrove, 47, pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Second Degree. He was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 104 months and 12 months imprisonment, respectively.

Charles Everett Patrick, 45, pled guilty to Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

Kimberly Patrick, 41, pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, First Degree. Sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Ryan J. Reeves, 21, pled guilty to Burglary, Third Degree, three counts. He was sentenced to ten years on each count.

Michael James Schneider, 27, pled guilty to Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment.

Twyla Monshai Stallworth, 24, pled guilty to Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. She was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment.

Nova Regina Strickland, 41, pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. She was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

Tony Nathan Tucker, 29, pled guilty to Receiving Stolen Property, Second Degree. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

William Robert Walker, 45, pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. He received a sentence of ten years imprisonment.

Watson, Brandon Edward, 19, pled guilty to three counts of Burglary in the Third Degree. He received a sentence of ten years on each count.

Faye Marie Weeks, 38, pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. She was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Jamie Lamar Wright, 26, pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, First Degree. He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

Regina Lynn Wright, 34, pled guilty to Possession of a Forged Instrument, Second Degree. She was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

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