The following felony cases have either been tried in a court of law or have been settled without trial and are considered closed.
• Dimitrius Burns, 19, was sentenced as a youthful offender to two years in state prison followed by three years probation after pleading no contest to a charge of battery/inmate on inmate. Burns was arrested in March of 2020 after he and another inmate attacked a third inmate at TruCore Juvenile Facility. The victim said the men attacked him because they wanted him to pay his “food tax,” and he refused.
• Richard Chapman III, was sentenced to county jail for two months and 27 days after entering a no contest plea to the charge of corruption by threat against a public servant. Chapman was originally arrested in October of 2019 and charged with possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, resisting an officer with violence and assault on a law officer, but those charges were later dropped. The arrest report noted Chapman is a convicted felon with 35 felony charges and 16 convictions. The charge of corruption by threat was added later and was in reference to Chapman telling deputies he knew four forms of martial arts. When asked if that was a threat, he replied, “Take it any way you want.” Chapman also bowed up in a fighting stance and resisted when they tried to arrest him.
• Patrick Courtney was sentenced to three months and five days in county jail after pleading no contest to the charge of battery on law enforcement. Courtney was arrested in December of 2019. A charge of trespass to a conveyance was later dropped.
• Dawn Dowd was sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading no contest to a charge of resisting an officer with violence. Dowd was arrested in June of 2019 when she reportedly tried to stop deputies from arresting her mother. In the process, Dowd grabbed the deputy’s arm and scratched him. The original charge of battery on a law enforcement officer was dropped.
• Keri Hennon was sentenced to 18 months drug offender probation followed by one year probation with special conditions after pleading no contest to the charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested in September 2020 after she and a friend were found parked in the middle of Southeast 57th Drive at about 7 p.m. When deputies spoke to the women, they found the driver had a warrant out for her arrest for violation of probation, but Hennon did not. The driver then told deputies she thought Hennon might have drugs on her, and a search revealed methamphetamine and a pipe in her sunglasses’ case.
• Sandra Hodges was sentenced to two years probation after pleading no contest to two counts uttering a false document. Hodges was arrested in February of 2020 after she and another woman forged checks belonging to a friend.
• Kevin Jurich was sentenced to 71 days in county jail followed by two years probation with special conditions after entering a plea of no contest to charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jurich was arrested in May of 2019 after a search warrant was executed on his home by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force.
• Bernardo Pinon was sentenced to five years in state prison after pleading no contest to seven drug possession charges. Pinon was arrested in October of 2018 after the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force used a confidential informant to purchase drugs from him.
• Sheena Watford was sentenced to four years probation after entering a plea of no contest to fraudulent use of a credit card and petit theft. Watford was arrested in November of 2019 after using someone else’s credit card without permission. She was originally charged with three counts fraudulent use of a credit card and three counts petit theft, but two of each type charge were dropped.