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16 Found Guilty in Mount Vernon Municipal Court

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found one person guilty after hearings were
held in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on March 7, 2022.


Jason Butler, 41 of Newark, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the
Influence of Alcohol. The Court sentenced him to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail,
with 177 days suspended, placed him on two years of community control with the
following conditions: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program and
complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable, and suspended his
operator’s license for one year.
Director of Law, Rob Broeren, represented the State of Ohio in this case.

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found eleven guilty after arraignments and
hearings were held in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on March 8, 2022.
Corey Ansel, 31 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA
Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.


Seth Fisher, 18 of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Failing to Keep an Assured Clear
Distance. The Court sentenced him to pay a $25 fine.


Levi Stacy, 31 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under a 12-Point
Suspension. The Court sentenced him to serve three days in jail.


Ricky Knuckles, 27 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While
Under the Influence of Alcohol. The Court sentenced him to pay a $500 fine, serve 180
days in jail, with 174 days suspended, placed him on two years of community control
with the following condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention
program, and suspended his operator’s license for one year.


Justin Price, 26 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under
the Influence. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine and to serve three days in
jail, with all time suspended.


Alan Keegan, 32 of Howard, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the
Influence of Alcohol and/or a Drug of Abuse. The Court sentenced him to pay a $700
fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 160 days suspended, placed him on two years of
community control with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol
assessment as soon as is practicable, and suspended his operator’s license for two years.


Shawn Barrett, 50 of Saint Louisville, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA
Suspension and Improper Handling of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle. The Court
sentenced him to pay a $250 fine for the DUS charge and to serve 30 days in jail, with
25 days suspended, and placed him on one year of probation with the following

condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable for the
Improper Handling charge.
Cyle Cunningham, 31 of Wooster, was found guilty of Theft. The Court sentenced him to
serve 180 days in jail, with 160 days suspended, placed him on two years of probation,
and to pay $941.44 in restitution.


Corey Woods, 19 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an OVI/ALS
Suspension and Possession of Marijuana. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine,
serve three days in jail, and suspended his driver’s license for 30 days.


Jeffrey George, 74 of Utica, was found guilty of Failing to Confine his Dog. He will be
sentenced on March 22, 2022.


Earl Simmons, 51 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Domestic Violence. He will be
sentenced on March 29, 2022 following a pre-sentence investigation.


Assistant Director of Law, Brittany Whitney, represented the State of Ohio in the
Simmons case.
Director of Law, Rob Broeren, represented the City of Mount Vernon and the State of
Ohio in the remaining cases.

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found four guilty after trials were held in the
Mount Vernon Municipal Court on March 9, 2022.

James Dowell III, 47 of Walhonding, was found guilty of Failure to Use Reasonable
Control and not wearing his seatbelt. The Court sentenced him to pay a $30 fine.

Jacob Williams, 24 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct. The Court
sentenced him to pay a $25 fine.

Andrew Wilson, 25 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct. The
Court sentenced him to pay a $25 fine.

Eric Azbell, 36 of Howard, was found guilty of Possessing Marijuana. The Court
sentenced him to pay a $50 fine.

Director of Law, Rob Broeren, represented the State of Ohio and the City of Mount
Vernon in the above cases.

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