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Posted 12/22/20

Felons sentenced in court at Okeechobee County Judicial Center.

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OKEECHOBEE — The following persons charged with felonies were sentenced in 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Okeechobee.

• Steven Lee, who was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after intentionally hitting another vehicle with his car last December, entered a plea of no contest and was sentenced to one year in the county jail and four years probation. Because he has been in the county jail since the incident, he has already served his time and will begin probation. Lee’s trouble began when he went looking for his wife at the McArthur Dairy barns one night. Another man happened to be taking dinner to a friend at about the same time. As the second man left the barn, Lee pulled up behind him and hit his vehicle twice, forcing him off the road. He then came to the man’s vehicle with a stick in his hand yelling, “Where is my wife?” The victim said, “I was scared and didn’t know if the man was going to harm me with the stick. I don’t know who this man is, and I don’t know who his wife is.” As part of Lee’s probation, he is required to make restitution to his victim.

• Valerie Malloy, who was charged with trafficking in methamphetamines in July 2018, entered a plea of no contest and was sentenced to state prison for five years. Malloy was caught while driving a vehicle with illegal window tint. During the traffic stop, a K9 conducted a free air sniff and alerted to drugs in the vehicle she was driving.

• Quinton Hamner, who was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia in February of this year, entered a plea of no contest and was sentenced to six months and 10 days in county jail and two years probation. Hamner was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his residence.

• Melanie Watson, who was charged with child abuse by intentionally inflicting mental or physical injury, entered a plea of no contest and was sentenced to county jail for one year.

• Chester Woodall Jr., who was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief – $1,000 or more and DUI, entered a plea of no contest and was sentenced to four years in state prison. In October 2018, in a fit of anger, Woodall ran his car into a house, trapping a 79-year-old woman between the car and the house. The victim was flown to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center for treatment. Afterward, Woodall told detectives, “I know I shouldn’t have done it. It was wrong. I have mental issues.”