Drug Distribution, Burglary & Other Guilty Pleas Yesterday

Thirteen men and women appeared before Judge Keesley yesterday in another day of Laurens County General Sessions Court.

36-year-old Joseph Alfred Massey of 491 Thompson Road, Fountain Inn plead guilty on two charges of Third or Subsequent Offense, Distribution of Methamphetamine. He was sentenced to ten years on each, to be served concurrently. Charges dismissed on Joseph Massey were two more counts for Distribution of Meth, Accessory After the Fact of a Felony and two charges of Obstructing Justice.

46-year-old Ralph Dewey Jennings of 107 Cherry Park Drive, Laurens plead guilty to First Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny. He was sentenced to three years on both charges, suspended to 83 days he’s already served in jail and he’s to have 42 months on probation. Mr. Jennings is to remain in custody for up to 90 more days, awaiting placement in an inpatient treatment facility. After time there, he is to transition to a sober living facility. Cases dismissed on Ralph Jennings yesterday included another 1st Degree Burglary charge and a Grand Larceny warrant.

31-year-old Matthew Stephen McGee of 182 Cline Road, Ware Shoals plead guilty to 3rd Degree Burglary and 3rd Degree Assault and Battery. He was sentenced to five years on the Burglary charge, provided that with the 125 days already served, the balance was suspended and McGee is ordered to pay court costs within 18 months. McGee was sentenced to 30 days, time served on the assault case with an order to pay court cost of this, as well.

30-year-old Kristin Caroline Peebles of Delano Avenue, Greer plead to Forgery and was sentenced to three years. She is given credit for time served since September of 2018. She’s to pay court costs within 18 months of her release from prison. A second Forgery charge was dismissed yesterday.

58-year-old Sherman Dorrow Fowler of Dragon Trail, Laurens pled guilty to Ill Ireatment of Animals. He was sentenced to 90 days, but that was suspended to the one day already served. Fowler is to pay court costs at a rate of $25 a month starting January 6th.

51-year-old Tonya Shea Madden of 219 Independence Avenue, Laurens plead to Cruelty to Children. She was sentenced to 18 days, already served and to pay court costs within 18 months after her release from a Greenville County Rehab center. Another charge of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor was dismissed.

46-year-old Derrick Lamont Fogle of 119 Silver Street, Laurens plead guilty to a Sex Offender Registry Violation, fail to register – 1st offense. He was sentenced to 90 days, suspended to four days served already. Fogle is also to pay court costs within 90 days. Charges dismissed for Derrick Fogle were two counts, Distribution of Marijuana and two counts, Distribution within Proximity of a School.

There were more people who plead to Unlawful Drug Possession charges and one who plead to Failure to Stop for Blue Lights. 36-year-old Lawrence Ventree Woodruff of 100 Thrift Drive, Fountain Inn had motions served on nine charges pending on him.