A Virginia man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to two years in state prison for stealing guns from a Wight Drive home in 2009.
Benjamin W. Good Jr., 28, Newport News, Va., will also have to undergo three additional years of supervision for a guilty plea to second-degree attempted burglary. He had initially pleaded guilty April 24 to third-degree burglary, but was allowed to withdraw that plea for unspecified reasons Tuesday and pleaded guilty to the attempted burglary charge.
He admitted he entered the residence of Thomas and Beverly Williams on July 8, 2009, and stole guns. Police said at the time of his arrest in August that eight long guns and three pistols, as well as a quilt, were reported stolen after the burglary was discovered. Police said Mr. Good had been visiting a girlfriend in the area at the time. It was not until he was arrested on a burglary charge in Virginia that a DNA match was made with a drop of dried blood found at the Williamses home.
He was sentenced Tuesday as a second-felony offender, having previously been convicted of a drug possession charge in Virginia. He was also ordered Tuesday to pay $3,477 in restitution.
In other court activity:
Lamar D. Cook, 33, Felts Mills, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, with credit for an unspecified amount of time served. He was serving five years probation for an April 2009 felony driving while intoxicated conviction. He admitted violating probation by failing to follow through with substance abuse treatment recommendations and failing to pay fines associated with the DWI.
Derek L. Whittenburg, 20, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to time served at the PSB. He admitted he violated supervision by failing to inform his probation officer of changes in his address and failing to tell the officer how to contact him. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court.
Cheyenne J. Lajoie, 33, Watertown, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal contempt and admitted violating probation. He is due to be sentenced Oct. 19. He admitted he violated an order of protection held by Heather L. Collins Renfrew by having unwanted physical contact with her May 8 in Watertown and to violating probation by committing the new crime. He was placed on five years probation May 1 for previously violating an order of protection held by Ms. Renfrew.
Stanley M. Layo, 45, Watertown, was arraigned on single counts of third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, as well as 10 counts of first-degree falsifying business records. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that between April 1, 2007, and July 16, 2007, he stole more than $3,000 from the former Mobil Mart on Arsenal Street. It is claimed he defrauded the convenience store and the state Lottery by entering false succession numbers for instant win lottery tickets on a daily log kept at the store, altering the number of tickets sold to cover up that he was stealing tickets. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on his own recognizance.
In court Friday, Corey R. Passage, 22, Carthage, was arraigned on a sealed indictment containing four counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a single count of first-degree rape and seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child. It is alleged that in the summer of 2008, he had repeated sexual contact with a then-8-year-old girl in Carthage. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $25,000 bail.