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A Glen St. Mary man was sentenced to 15 months in state prison on December 2 for felony assault on his wife during a domestic dispute at their residence on Orbey Rhoden Rd. on August 24.
Brian Allan Hance, 31, entered no contest pleas to aggravated assault to commit a felony, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting arrest. The latter two charges stem from the fact that his minor children were present and because police used a taser charge to subdue Mr. Hance when he returned to the property.
Court records indicate that the defendant became angry during an argument, slammed his wife to the living room floor and choked her before she broke free. He also allegedly threw a vacuum cleaner at Mendy Hance, then 29.
The accused also restrained his 9-year-old daughter with a bear hug as she left the residence at the request of her mother to call police.
Circuit Judge Mark Moseley gave Mr. Hance credit for 115 days already in jail. His criminal record includes sale and possession of controlled drugs and marijuana, leaving the scene of an accident and a license violation. The state dropped a count of domestic battery as part of the plea agreement.
In another prison sentence that day, Judge Moseley ordered Tammy Crews, 42, of Sanderson to serve one year and seven days in return for pleas to reduced charges of sale and possession of cocaine on May 9 of this year.
In a transaction set up in a downtown Sanderson parking lot with informants, two sheriff’s investigators observed from nearby as Ms. Crews obtained the drugs from co-defendant Danielle Ruise, 33, of Glen St. Mary and sold them to the undercover buyers.
She had originally been charged with sale near a church, a more serious offense, and the judge ordered Ms. Crews to pay $290 in investigative costs. He also allowed credit for 114 days already in custody.
The defendant has a criminal record that includes sale and possession of cocaine, soliciting prostitution and purchasing drugs with the intent to sell.
The case against Mr. Ruise is still pending.
In other cases that day:
• Lamar Lee pleaded no contest to felony battery and will be on house arrest six months before starting a 12-month probation.
• Jason Dupree has about half of a year-long stint in county jail remaining after pleading to violating probation for attempted trafficking in illegal drugs. He gets credit for 146 days already confined.
• William Bowen pleaded no contest to possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, along with driving on a suspended license, and drew an 18-month probation sentence.
• Judge Moseley ordered an identical probation term for Donald Rosier for felony possession of marijuana.
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