Area men given court sentences

STEUBENVILLE – A Bergholz-area man sentenced to prison last week in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court received an additional sentence Tuesday.

Matthew D. Lanham Jr., 21, of 125 Springfield Township Road 275, Bergholz, was sentenced to one year in prison by Common Pleas Judge David Henderson for a probation violation.

Lanham was placed on two years of probation in June by Henderson after pleading guilty to theft and complicity to breaking and entering.

Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. sentenced Lanham to five years in prison on Friday after Lanham pleaded guilty to escape and perjury

Lanham escaped Oct. 20 from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center outside Wintersville and was apprehended four days later. The county prosecutor’s office also reported Lanham lied during testimony at a preliminary hearing.

Henderson sentenced Lanham to the one year in prison, to be served concurrently to the other sentence, for violating his probation through his guilty pleas in Bruzzese’s court.

Also, Henderson sentenced Noah R. Nichols, 26, of Rayland to two years in prison for a probation violation.

Nichols was given a suspended prison sentence, ordered to spend six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center and placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary and one count of theft.

Nichols failed to report to his probation officer, didn’t make $1,250 in restitution to victims and was indicted in Harrison County in January on charges of burglary, theft of checks and forgery.

Randy J. Carpenter, 51, of 130 Front St., Amsterdam, was sentenced by Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center and placed one year of probation after pleading guilty to illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs.

Carpenter was one of several people arrested in October in connection with a crystal methamphetamine lab at his house.

Robert L. Smith, 23, of Steubenville was sentenced by Henderson to 30 days in jail for a probation violation.

Smith pleaded guilty in January 2012 to breaking and entering and having a weapon under disability.

Smith failed to report to his probation officer. He will be on probation for one year after his release from the county jail.

Leon L. Law, 44, of Apartment 806, 180 N. Fourth St., was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Henderson after Law pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in marijuana, with school specifications, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.

Law made two sales of marijuana to a confidential informant with the county drug task force out of his home in the 500 block of Dock Street in August. His home was then searched and marijuana and a straw containing a small amount of cocaine were discovered.

County Assistant Prosecutor Frank Bruzzese said Law has a criminal record dating back to 1988, and has served prison time for drug crimes, felonious assault and burglary. Law admitted to serving six prison terms, including parole violations.

The judge also ordered Law to forfeit $1,150 in cash seized during the raid to the county’s drug task force.