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County court hands out sentences

August 28, 2013
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - A 35-year-old man who admitted to having sexual contact with a 15-year-old female was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson.

Shannon L. White of Steubenville was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, felonies of the third degree. White didn't want to have a sexual offender reporting requirement so he and his attorney, Kristopher Haught, suggested he would plead guilty to a more serious charges of second-degree child endangering.

County Assistant Prosecutor Frank Bruzzese said the child endangering charge actually was more appropriate because White had a sexually transmitted disease. Bruzzese said the victim was taken to the hospital but didn't receive the sexually transmitted disease. He said the girl since has had counseling.

Bruzzese recommended White be sentenced to two years in prison but Henderson increased the sentence to three years.

White admitted he has served a total of 12 years in prison on other crimes, none of which were of a sexual nature.

Lonnie L. Smith, 32, of Steubenville was sentenced by Henderson on Tuesday to 14 months in prison.

Smith pleaded guilty to three counts of drug trafficking and one count of escape.

Smith's hands were secured in zip ties during a drug raid in 2011 but the ties came loose and Smith jumped off the porch but was caught.

Smith has a felonious assault charge pending in common pleas court in connection with a shooting incident at Club 106 on South Street in October.

Also, Jerry A. Crossland, 19, of Steubenville was placed on two years of probation by Henderson after Crossland pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number. Crossland faces up to six months in prison if he violates probation.

Crossland also has another criminal case pending in common pleas court. He is one of five people charged in an incident on May 29 in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue in which two men were assaulted and shots were fired.

Crossland was indicted on felonious assault and aggravated riot charges.

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