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Grace Barton Ferris, 29, of P.O. Box 415, Bamberg, pleaded guilty last month to possession of zolpidem tartrate pills. That’s the active ingredient in Ambien.

Circuit Judge Thomas Russo sentenced her to 62 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center. She was given credit for having already served 62 days there.

In other pleas taken at the Orangeburg County Courthouse:

• Joshua Carl Trimble, 26, of 127 Lebanon Road, Barnwell, pleaded guilty to third-offense shoplifting.

Russo sentenced him to six years in prison. After he serves eight days, the balance of his sentence will be suspended to 18 months of probation.

Trimble was given credit for having already served eight days in jail.

Russo also ordered Trimble to undergo random drug/alcohol testing.

• Malik Jahlil Bell, 22, of 100 Rhonda Dr. Lot 10, Summerville, pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence.

Russo sentenced him to 90 days in jail. After he serves one month, the remainder of his sentence will be suspended to 18 months of probation.

He gave Bell credit for having already served 90 days in jail.

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Russo also ordered Bell to successfully complete a batterer’s treatment program.

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

• Rodney Shykeem Kinard, 19, of 103 Goldenleaf Lane, Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to first-offense driving under suspension and first-offense failure to stop for blue light.

Russo sentenced him to 18 months in prison. After he serves three days, the remainder of his sentence will be suspended to 18 months of probation.

Kinard was given credit for already serving three days in jail.

Russo also ordered Kinard to work 40 hours of public service employment and undergo random drug/alcohol testing.

As part of Kinard’s plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the charge of driving under the influence.

• Edward L. Aiken, 54, of 3918 Bamberg Road, Cordova, entered an Alford guilty plea to second-degree domestic violence.

An Alford plea means that the defendant agrees that a jury would likely find him guilty. An Alford guilty plea appears as a standard guilty plea on a person’s criminal record.

Russo sentenced him to three years in prison. After the service of 30 days, the remainder of his sentence will be suspended to 18 months of probation.

Aiken was given credit for having already served one day in jail. Russo is allowing him to serve the remainder of his jail sentence on consecutive weekends.

Russo also ordered Aiken to complete a batterer’s treatment program.

A grand jury indicted Aiken on one count of domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

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