The last of three London women accused of the October 2013 beating of a former police informant pleaded guilty on Tuesday to witness retaliation.
An additional charge of aggravated riot was dismissed against Katelyn Whitelow, 21, during a plea hearing before Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello.
Whitelow now faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the third-degree felony conviction. However, Costello could also sentence Whitelow to community control, pending the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation.
Sentencing was set for Aug. 22.
Costello denied a request by defense attorney Timothy Dougherty to release Whitelow from house arrest and electronic monitoring. The judge noted additional charges of disorderly conduct and underage drinking are pending against Whitelow in the county’s municipal court.
Whitelow, Joy Carlos and Page Kelley were indicted in December for the Oct. 5, 2013, beating of a local woman — an undercover operative in previous drug cases.
In other common pleas court action this week:
• Mineau A. R. Easterling, 29, of Reynoldsburg, was sentenced to two years of community control and fined $500 for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle in December 2013.
Easterling pleaded guilty to the charge in April.
Costello noted Easterling was driving 100 mph on Interstate 70 near the state Route 56 interchange when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on Dec. 25. A loaded rifle found in Easterling’s vehicle was reported stolen in Texas.
“That raises concerns,” Costello said.
Adkins said the gun was returned to the owner.
Easterling said he once lived in Texas and obtained the gun from a friend.
• Adam J. Conley, 29, of London, was sentenced to a year of community control for forging a $375 check on an elderly London woman on Jan. 7.
He pleaded guilty in May to a single count of forgery.
Costello said the check represented half the woman’s monthly income and ordered Conley to repay the money during the next year.
Conley, an admitted heroin addict, said he is currently undergoing counseling at Madison County Hospital.
• Charles J. Stevens, Jr., 24, of West Jefferson, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 30 days of house arrest and two years of community control for stealing jewelry from a family member in December.
Stevens pleaded guilty in May to theft.
An admitted heroin user, Stevens tested positive for marijuana prior to Tuesday’s hearing. He said it was the result of “second-hand” smoke inhaled while near other pot smokers.
• Jason Bolin, 35, of London, was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest with electronic monitoring and. two years of community control for complicity to receive a laptop stolen from Creamer Sheet Metal in the city on Jan. 23. Bolin was also fined $200.
He pleaded guilty to the charge in May.
• Denyse Rowe, 46, of Springfield, was sentenced to three years of community control for stealing and forging $2,100 in checks on a local disabled veteran in May 2013.
Rowe must report to the probation department and undergo random drug screens three times per week for the next two years. Costello also ordered her to write a letter of apology to the victim.
• Virginia Ann Beekman, 39, of London, was sentenced to six months in prison for debiting $1,272 from the bank account of family members between Nov. 17 and Dec. 26, 2013.
She was also ordered to repay the money.
Beekman pleaded guilty in May to theft from a elderly person.
Beekman was on community control for a similar offense last year when she used a family member’s credit card and pin number to obtain money.
She admitted to a gambling problem and tested positive for marijuana prior to sentencing.
Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1616 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.