MOUNT VERNON — Three people were found to be eligible for Intervention in Lieu of Conviction (ILC) in hearings that involved drug or alcohol-related charges in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday.
Stone Sandy-Long, 20, changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on the amended charge of trespassing, a fourth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor count of first-degree assault.
Both counts stem from an incident where Sandy-Long and his brother both burst into a residence and fought with an occupant, sending the alleged victim to the hospital. Sandy-Long admitted in court that drugs or alcohol had contributed to the charges.
In the hearing, he and his attorney submitted the fourth-degree felony guilty plea for trespassing in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present and an application for ILC which, if completed successfully, would dismiss the case.
Todd Rhinebolt, 34, also submitted an application for ILC after he changed his plea to guilty to one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.
Rhinebolt was allegedly found to have had a baggie of meth after a traffic stop in March 2018.
Dustin Shinabery, 40, was also found to be eligible for ILC after he changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on charges of possession of fentanyl-related compound, a felony of the fifth degree, and illegal use of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
Shinabery was also stopped on a traffic violation and after a search, it was discovered that he allegedly had the illegal items in his vehicle.
ILC is a year-long treatment program where the participant gets drug or alcohol help and has to abstain from those substances for a year.
If they do not successfully complete the program, they could be facing a prison sentence of six to 12 or 18 months, depending on the degree of the offense.