Greene County district court, week ending Aug. 22

In Greene County district court John Edward Abernathy, 48, of Scranton was sentenced Aug. 21 after changing his plea to guilty in April to a charge of arson-second degree. He was granted a deferred judgment and placed on probation for three years. The minimum fine was suspended, but he must pay $141,902.99 restitution to State Farm Insurance and $241.50 court costs. A charge of insurance fraud was dismissed. (Sentencing: Honorable William C. Ostlund)

Richard Charles Hiram Lampe III, 42, of Jefferson was sentenced Aug. 22 to two years in prison after he changed his plea to guilty to a charge of theft of services-third degree. The prison time was suspended and he was placed on informal probation for two years. He was fined $625 with a $218.75 surcharge and a $125 law enforcement initiative (LEI) surcharge. He must also pay $963.79 restitution to the city of Jefferson for unmetered water usage, $90 restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees and $120 court costs. (Sentencing: Honorable Adria A. Kester)

Anthony Charles Kennedy, 32, of Jefferson was sentenced Aug. 22 after he changes his plea to guilty to a charge of assault on a peace officer. He was sentenced to two years in prison. The prison term was suspended and he was placed on probation for two years. He must reside at a residential correctional facility until maximum benefits are attained. He was fined $625 with a $218l75 surcharge. He must also pay $90 restitution for his court appointed attorney’s fees and $140 court costs. A charge of interference with official acts was dismissed. (Sentencing: Kester)

Michelle Denise Rader Smith, 43, of Jefferson pleaded not guilty Aug. 22 to a charge of operating while intoxicated (OWI)-first offense. A trial date was set for Sept. 30.

Cases were initiated in district court during the week ending Aug. 22 as follows: Danny Lee Cannon, 57, of Perry, OWI-first offense; Richard Charles Burkhardt, 45, of Jefferson, public intoxication-third or subsequent offense; Shawn Patrick Maloney, 44, of Scranton, sex abuse-second degree (two counts) and lascivious acts with a child (two counts); Jamy Steven Zinke, 37, of Nora Springs, operating a commercial vehicle while disqualified; and Jameson Todd Ross, 22, of Runnells, assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and carrying a weapon while intoxicated.

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