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Circuit Judge Thomas Russo heard guilty pleas and handed down sentences in cases cases related to illegal drugs, weapons, failure to stop and domestic violence.

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  • Ronnie Jermaine Gilmore, 40, of 127 Bronco Court, Santee, pleaded guilty to first-offense possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Circuit Judge Thomas Russo sentenced him to five years in prison, provided that after he serves one day, the remainder of his sentence will be suspended to 18 months of probation.

He credited Gilmore for having already served one day at the OCDC.

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He also ordered Gilmore to undergo random drug/alcohol testing.

A grand jury indicted Gilmore on one count of trafficking in MDMA.

As part of Gilmore’s plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed his charge of possession of one ounce or less of marijuana.

  • Maquis Quinteris Williams, 23, of 117 Ivy St., North, pleaded guilty to second or subsequent offense for failure to stop for blue light and second or subsequent offense of possession of one ounce or less of marijuana.
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Russo sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed five years.

  • Herman Lamont Murphy, 27, of 140 Lendel Dr., Neeses, pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a handgun.

Russo sentenced him to 154 days in prison and credited him for having already served 154 days at the OCDC.

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As part of Murphy’s plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed his charges of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony and possession of a stolen pistol.

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  • Joseph Dayquan Colter, 26, of 1120 Wolfe Trail Apt. 289, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a handgun.

Russo sentenced him to 90 days at the OCDC and credited him for having already served two days there.

He’s allowing Colter to serve his sentence on consecutive weekends.

  • Donte Sarell Morgan, 34, of 306 Jamison Ave., Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence.

Russo sentenced him to 90 days at the OCDC, provided that upon the service of four days, the remainder of his sentence will be suspended to 18 months of probation.

He credited Morgan for having already served four days at the OCDC.

His probation term may end upon his successful completion of a batterer’s treatment program.

Morgan is not allowed to possess any firearm or ammunition for the next three years.

  • Latricia Bonaparte, 37, of 624 Rambling Ridge Road, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to failure to stop for blue light, first-offense possession of crack cocaine and grand larceny valued over $2,000.

Russo sentenced her to two years in prison or to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at a specific facility.

He credited Bonaparte for having already served 220 days at the OCDC.

As part of Bonaparte’s plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the charges of first-offense failure to stop for blue light and resisting arrest.

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