MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man was sentenced to nearly three years in prison in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday after he had been found guilty of four drug charges that he had collected in quick succession in 2018.

Keith J. Martin, 57, was given four 11-month prison sentences on three counts of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of aggravated possession of heroin in three separate cases, all of which are fifth-degree felonies. Two of the four terms will be served concurrently, and that one 11-month term will run consecutively with the other two.

Martin picked up one possession charge in April of 2018, then two more in September of 2018 and one more in November — all while waiting for his previous cases to conclude. He was then sentenced on all three at the same time on Thursday.

In other cases from Knox County Common Pleas Court:

Dane Ferenbaugh, 37, was sentenced to two years of community control after he had previously been found guilty of one count of aggravated possession of heroin, a felony of the fifth degree.

During the hearing, Ferenbaugh spoke about his dedication to recovery and turning his life around and then a representative from Touchpointe spoke on his behalf about his progress. He was also sentenced to jail time, which he was credited with already serving, and to successfully complete the Thinking for a Change Program — which also assists in drug recovery.

Bryan K. Walley, 51, had two of his four charges dismissed and changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on two other counts; one of trespassing in a habitation where a person is present or likely to be present, a felony of the fourth degree, and attempted aggravated arson, a third-degree felony. The charges stem from an incident where Walley trespassed in a residence and then later threatened to burn down the same residence. Judge Richard D. Wetzel ordered a PSI and revoked Walley’s bond at the end of the hearing.

Tessa Akers, 21, had her community control revoked, but then was found to be eligible for and accepted to the Intervention in Lieu of Conviction (ILC) program, where she has to complete the program and refrain from drugs and alcohol for one year to have her charges dropped.

Lisa M. Mondillo, 47, was sentenced to two years of community control after she was found guilty of possession of fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony along with petty theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. She was also instructed to complete drug treatment and Thinking for a Change programs.

Gregory Hyatt, 36, was resentenced to another two-year term of community control and scheduled to go to the Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility after he was found guilty of violating his previous two-year term of community control after testing positive for drugs in May.


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