Tuesday January 16, 2018 was LAW DAY at the Bates County Courthouse. There were over 150 cases on the day’s docket.
A pre-trial conference was held at Tuesday’s Law Day for the trial of Joey Thornburg. Thornburg was charged in 2012 with 6 counts of Statutory Sodomy with children under the age of 12. Thornburg has waived his right to a jury and the bench trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday January 23, 2018. Thornburg is being represented by Scott Friederich and Prosecuting Attorney Hugh C. Jenkins will represent the State in the upcoming trial.
In other Law Day proceedings,
Shaun Dampier pleaded guilty to 3 counts of statutory Sodomy and 4 companion counts of felony child endangerment. Dampier was sentenced to 10 years each on the 3 counts of statutory sodomy and 7 years each on the 4 counts of child endangerment. Judge Journey ruled all sentences to run concurrently. Dampier, upon eventual release, will have to register as a sex offender.
Brian Thompson pleaded guilty to 3 counts of felony burglary. Judge Journey sentenced Thompson to 5 years with a suspended imposition of sentence with supervised probation and 200 hours of community service.
Kaleb Hurshman pleaded guilty to 1 count of felony possession of a controlled substance. Hurshman was given a 5-year suspended imposition of sentence by Judge Journey, supervised probation and 200 hours of community service.
Sarah Dean was given a 5-year suspended imposition of sentence, supervised probation 200 hours of community service, additionally Judge Journey ordered Dean to pay a fine of 100.00.
George Franklin pleaded guilty to a felony DWI and was given a 4-year SES with 5 years supervised probation, 10 days Shock Time, 200 hours community service and was ordered to pay 1050.00 restitution.
Jamesha Wright pleaded guilty to Felony Stealing by deceit and one count of Felony Forgery. Judge Journey handed down a 5-year suspended imposition of sentence, 200 hours of community service and 1050.00 Restitution.
Evan Corder was charged and pleaded guilty to Felony Resisting arrest and was ordered to do 28 days shock time along with a five-year suspended imposition of sentence and 200 hours of community service.
Judge Journey sentenced Justin Hammer to a 7- year suspended execution of sentence with 5 years of supervised probation and 200 hours of community service for pleading guilty to 2 counts of Felony Possession of a controlled substance.
Joel Mendel pleaded guilty to 1 county of felony possession and Judge Journey handed down a 4-year suspended imposition of sentence 200 hours community service, a 250.00 fine on a misdemeanor charge and another 250.00 fine for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Prosecuting Attorney Hugh C. Jenkins represented the State at Tuesday’s Law Day.