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Shooting plea nets probation

January 16, 2014
By MARK LAW - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - A Dillonvale area man who fired shots at a friend was sentenced to two years of probation on Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson.

Gary A. Harmon, 44, of 973 township Road 195, Dillonvale, pleaded guilty to an amended indictment charging two counts of aggravated assault and having a weapon while intoxicated.

Harmon and a friend were drinking on March 23 at Harmon's house when an argument began. Harmon then fired a shotgun from his house at the friend. The next day, Harmon fired an assault-type weapon at the friend's pickup truck, resulting in more than a dozen holes in the rear of the truck.

Harmon initially was charged with two counts of felonious assault but the charges were amended to aggravated assault because county Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Bruzzese said the friend provoked the incidents. Bruzzese said the friend didn't want to pursue charges but the prosecutor's office filed the charges anyway.

Harmon was fined $200 and was ordered to make restitution to the friend for the damage to his truck.

Harmon faces nine months in prison if he violates probation.

Defense attorney Steven Stickles said Harmon has been undergoing alcohol-abuse counseling and has been sober for eight months.

Also, Daniel A. Winland, 21, of 307 county Road 15A, Rayland, was sentenced by Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to failure to comply with the order of a police officer, possession of heroin and possession of a drug abuse instrument.

Wells Township Police attempted to pull Winland over on state Route 7 on Aug. 14 but he ignored the lights and siren of the cruiser.

Winland will be on probation for one year. He faces up to nine months in prison if he violates probation.

Tia N. Pardell, 19, of East Liverpool was placed on three years of probation by Henderson after pleading guilty to charges resulting from a drug raid on the Whispering Hills apartments in Toronto in April 2012.

Brent E. King Jr., 25, of Toronto was sentenced to 16 months in prison, and Victoria Webb, 25, of Toronto was sentenced to three years in prison as a result of their guilty pleas in connection with the case.

County Assistant Prosecutor Edward Littlejohn Jr. said Pardell had minimal involvement in the case. He said Pardell had no prior criminal record.

Pardell pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, three counts of drug possession, tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor count of child endangering.

She faces up to 12 months in prison if she violates probation.

Christopher Yanda, 19, of Mingo Junction was sentenced to eight months in prison by Henderson after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property, an all-terrain vehicle, in August. Yanda was sentenced to 18 months by Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Joseph Bruzzese Jr. on Monday after pleading guilty to theft and burglary involving a different ATV in October. Henderson said the sentences are to be served concurrently. He also ordered Yanda to make $6,396 in restitution.

David M. Hawthorne, 35, of 732 N. Sixth St. was sentenced to six months in prison by Henderson after pleading guilty to felony theft and receiving stolen property. Hawthorne was charged with stealing a pickup truck from a lot in the 200 block of North Third Street on Oct. 21.

Herbert Rood, 37, of Cadiz was sentenced to two years of probation by Henderson after Rood pleaded guilty to theft of a check and forgery. He faces seven months in prison if he violates probation.

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