Eighteen Enter Pleas Yesterday

Eighteen people entered guilty pleas yesterday before Judge Keesley in a second day of Laurens County General Sessions Court.

A Clinton man pled to Malicious Damage to Steal nonferrous metals. 49-year-old Dennis Dwayne McLendon of 1007 East Florida Street was sentenced to three years, with credit given for 81 days in jail. Restitution is held in abeyance and McLendon is to pay court costs within a year of his release from prison. Another charge of Making Instruments Capable of Use in Crime was dismissed.

20-year-old Malik Antonio Copeland of 10 Lillian Lane, Clinton plead to non-violent 2nd Degree Burglary. He was sentenced under the Youthful Offenders Act to a term not to exceed five years, but that was suspended to two years on Probation and he was ordered to pay court costs at $50 per month starting January 6th. Copeland is ordered to have no contact with the victim of his burglary or his co-defendants and other requirements including having an overnight curfew for six months.

32-year-old Jennifer L. English of 217 Milam Road, Clinton plead to Cruelty to Children. She was sentenced to 30 days, upon service of 17 days already served that’s suspended to paying court costs of $50 a month starting February 1st. Another charge of Unlawful Neglect of Children was dismissed.

Others plead to crimes of 2nd Degree Domestic Violence, Failure to Stop for Blue Lights, various possession of drug charges and Breach of Peace.