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The following felony cases have either been tried in a court of law or have been settled without trial and are considered closed.

• Brittany Brady was sentenced to one year probation on a DUI charge after pleading no contest. A charge of possession of methamphetamine was dropped. Brady was arrested in July after her car was found partially blocking the road in the 4000 block of U.S. 98 North. Several passing motorists called to report an accident due to extensive front end damage on her mini van. When deputies arrived, they were told the accident had happened several days earlier.

• Megan Jones was sentenced to eight months in county jail after pleading no contest to possession of oxycodone and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones was arrested in April after she was found sleeping in a dugout of the baseball field on Northeast 15th Avenue.

• Carrie Krupa was sentenced to two years probation after pleading no contest to possession of methamphetamine and introducing contraband into a detention facility. Charges of possession of a controlled substance and contempt were dropped. Krupa was arrested in April during a traffic stop.

• Corey Chandler was sentenced to one year in county jail followed by four years probation after pleading no contest to intentional child abuse. A charge of lewd or lascivious behavior on a child was dropped. Chandler was arrested in January 2020 after a girl told deputies she had been communicating with Chandler via text messages and that she snuck out of her home on Tuesday night, Jan. 14 to meet him at about midnight. She said he picked her up in his truck and they drove somewhere private to park. She said she removed her own clothing, but when he attempted to have sex with her, she refused, but he continued anyway. Following the incident, they continued texting, the report notes, and the texts reportedly confirmed Chandler had knowledge the girl was not 18.

• Robert Futch was sentenced to one year and 10 months in state prison after pleading no contest to dealing in stolen property. A burglary charge was dropped. Futch was arrested in January after he was accused of taking items from an Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office vehicle and then pawning them.

• Phillip Hoy was sentenced to five months and 13 days in county jail followed by five years probation after pleading no contest to burglary, petit theft and resisting an officer without violence. A charge of trespass was dropped. Hoy was arrested in May after breaking into his neighbor’s home.

• Esta Huls was sentenced to three months and two days in county jail after pleading no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia. A charge of possession of methamphetamine was dropped. Huls was arrested in June during a traffic stop.

Withheld adjudication generally refers to a decision by a judge to put a person on probation without an adjudication of guilt. It means an individual is not found guilty legally by the court. If the person successfully completes the terms of probation and has no subsequent offenses, no further action will be taken on the case, and the offense for which adjudication was withheld is typically not considered a prior conviction for purposes of habitual offender sentencing.

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