A Macclenny man was given a two-year prison sentence following his plea in circuit court on October 31 to multiple counts of selling crack cocaine to undercover buyers in the south city two years ago.
Elijah Thompson, 33, pleaded no contest during an abbreviated court session that day, and was given credit for 274 days he has been in jail. Judge Phyllis Rosier ordered him onto a two-year probation following release, and Mr. Thompson is liable for $520 in investigative costs.
The state dropped four of the original counts against him. The charges were upgraded because the sales took place within 1000 feet of the YMCA on Lowder St. Drug sales are considered more serious near churches and community centers.
Mr. Thompson was among three defendants given prison terms that day.
Cody Hodges, 24, of Macclenny admitted to violating probation from a 2011 grand theft charge and will serve an 18-month term, less 197 days in jail.He was arrested at a Baldwin motel in December, 2011 where he was cooking methamphetamine.
• Kasey Stephenson of Macclenny entered no contest pleas to exploitation of the elderly, theft and fraudulent use of a credit card and will be on house arrest two years, followed by two years on probation.
Ms. Stephenson, 25, was charged with stealing the card from a patient at Macclenny Nursing and Rehab and purchasing items at Walmart and Sears. The former nurse was ordered to pay $864 restitution.
The Florida Department of Health is also seeking a suspension or revocation of the defendants nursing license as a result of the case.
• Bradley Griffis was given a year and one day in prison after pleading no contest to theft of air conditioning units from the First Baptist Church of Glen St. Mary in July, 2011. The judge also ordered him to pay $20,495 restitution to the church.
Court records indicate the defendant was living across the street from the church at the time, and sold the units for scrap. The plea pact also includes counts of carrying a concealed weapon during a felony and possession of cocaine.
• Randall Barton pleaded no contest to battery and disorderly intoxication and will serve 364 days in county jail. He was ordered to pay a $250 fine.
• Jason Wilson will be on probation two years after pleading to possession of a firearm on school property. A companion charge was dropped.
• Jennifer Lynn Brooks pleaded no contest to passing a worthless check and will be on probation 18 months. Judge Rosier withheld adjudication of guilt and ordered $1170 in restitution.
• Ryan Wesley Taylor pleaded no contest to five forgery charges and will be on probation 34 months. The state dropped four related counts and the judge allowed 77 days in county jail as punishment for burglary of a structure and grand theft.
Arrest warrants were issued for two defendants who failed to appear that day — Joshua Davis for felony driving without a license and Andre Garcia for burglary, criminal mischief and theft.