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Scales of justice

Jerome Patrick Groffen, 45, of 940 Ott St., Branchville, has pleaded guilty to first-offense failure to stop for blue lights and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him to three years in prison.

As a result of his guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed his charge of first-offense driving under suspension.

In other pleas:

• Eddie Cornelius Pauling, 42, of 145 Prairie Lane, Elloree, pleaded guilty to second-offense possession of crack cocaine, second-degree domestic violence and two counts of second-offense failure to stop for blue lights.

Dickson sentenced him to three years in prison, giving him credit for having already served 179 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

He was originally charged with first-degree domestic violence.

As a result of his guilty pleas, prosecutors dismissed the following charges: first-offense possession of narcotics, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance within close proximity of a school, speeding more than 15 mph but less than 25 mph and second-offense driving under suspension.

• Alexander Louis Smalls, 29, of 536 Hollyhock Road, Branchville, pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence.

Dickson sentenced him to time served of 79 days in jail.

• Johnnie Lee Elmore III, 19, of 171 Craig Street, Eutawville, pleaded guilty to first-offense failure to stop for blue light.

Dickson sentenced him to two years in prison, suspended to two years of probation.

He stipulated that Elmore’s parole may end after one year upon the completion of his GED and as long has he remains in compliance with his probation officer.

• John Henry Butler, 44, of 1723 Cannon Bridge Road, Cordova, pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle valued over $10,000.

Dickson sentenced him to five years in prison, suspended to five years of probation. He must also pay restitution.

The judge stipulated that Butler’s probation may end after one year if he’s compliant with the probation office and if restitution, court fees and fines are paid in full.

• Dishshi Rordrickus Young, 33 of 2719 Old Barnwell Road, Lexington, pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery valued under $10,000.

Dickson sentenced him to four years in prison, suspended to two years of probation.

He also ordered him to pay restitution.

• Rykeem Lamar Huggins, 26, of 1697 Enderly Street, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest.

Dickson sentenced him to time served.

• Demetrius Ramelle Powell, 31, of 176 Charm Hill Road, Lugoff, pleaded guilty to fourth or subsequent offense of driving under the influence.

Dickson sentenced him to one year in prison, giving him credit for having already served 170 days in jail.

As a result of Powell’s guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed the charge of habitual traffic offender.

• Latricia Bonaparte, 36, of 634 Rambling Ridge Road, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to grand larceny valued between $2,000 and $10,000 and petit larceny.

Prosecutors stated these are her third property offenses.

Dickson sentenced her to five years in prison, suspended to four years of probation.

He gave her credit for having already served 106 days in jail.

She originally faced an armed robbery charge, but pleaded guilty to petit larceny instead.

Dickson also ordered her to pay restitution.

• Joshua Nyrel Davis, 24, of 450 Elm Street, Bowman, pleaded guilty to habitual traffic offender.

Dickson sentenced him to three years in prison, suspended to three years of probation.

He also ordered Davis to obtain his GED, complete substance abuse counseling and undergo random drug/alcohol testing.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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