Woman to serve jail time for credit card fraud
by CHRIS NORWOOD
TALLADEGA COUNTY – A Talladega County woman was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty on information to 18 counts of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card. Talladega County Circuit Judge Julian King then split the sentence, ordering Tiffanie Dawn Hughes, 28, to spend six months in prison, followed by three years probation, according to assistant District Attorney Jake Argo.

Hughes had previously entered a guilty plea to burglary in the third degree.

A plea on information is entered before a defendant has been indicted by a grand jury.

Across the hall, Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth accepted a guilty plea from Brian Hunter Sewell to one count of arson in the second degree and 17 counts of burning woods or grasslands, etc. Sewell was sentenced to the seven or eight months he had already served in jail, three years probation and $10,000 in restitution. Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens said he agreed to the sentence, and took full responsibility for it.

Sewell was a Renfroe Volunteer Firefighter who was accused of setting brush fires and then responding to them. When he eventually bonded out of jail, he set fire to a neighbor’s hay field and then a barn. The arson charge and the restitution stem from burning the barn.

Also in court this week:

• King sentenced Lauren Lee Bright, 27, to 30 months, reverse split, two years probation and nine months in prison for possession of a controlled substance. Bright was indicted for distribution, but pleaded guilty to the lesser offense.

• King sentenced Antonio Deon Cox, 29, to 36 months in prison for burglary in the third degree.

• King sentenced Amanda McElrath, 32, to three years, split, three months in prison and three years probation for forgery in the second degree.

• King sentenced Boyd Edward Horton, 47, to 100 months in prison for theft of property in the first degree.

• King sentenced Jordan Grant Smith, 28, to two years, split, 183 days in jail and two years probation for escape in the third degree.

• King sentenced Justin Blake Shirey, 22, to 60 months in prison for theft of property in the second degree, receiving stolen property in the first degree, breaking into and entering a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property in the second degree.

• King sentenced Charles Michael Crim, 29, to 30 months, suspended, 36 months probation for theft of property in the second degree. Crim was indicted for theft of property in the first degree, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

• King sentenced Kevin Dewayne Waldrup, 28, to 60 months in prison for receiving stolen property in the first degree and burglary in the third degree.

• King sentenced Michael Andrew Adams, 23, to three years, reverse split, two years probation and nine months in prison for possession of a controlled substance.

• King sentenced Maurice Britt Jr., 32, to six months, split, 73 days in jail and 18 months probation for illegal possession of a prescription medication and possession of drug paraphernalia. Britt was indicted for the felony charge of possession of a controlled substance but pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor.

• King sentenced Jeffrey Ray Bolen, 47, to four years, reverse split, two years probation and one year in prison for theft of property in the second degree.

• King sentenced Izaac Vincent Thompson, 23, to 30 months, reverse split, 24 months probation and six months in prison for burglary in the third degree.

• King sentenced Anthony Jerome Harvey, 51, to five years, reverse split, two years probation, one year in prison.

• King sentenced Bianca Secille Dates, 24, to 36 months, suspended, 36 months probation for theft of property in the first degree. A second count was dismissed.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Jacob Murphy, 20, to four years in prison for willful abuse of a child.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Amanda Liner to seven years, reverse split, three years probation and one year in prison.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Phillip Kirkland, 50, to 12 months, suspended, two years probation for theft of property in the third degree. Kirkland was indicted for the felony offense of theft in the second degree, but pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Mario Riggins, 30, to 10 years, suspended, three years probation for assault in the second degree.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Kiestan Swain, 23, to five years, reverse split, three years probation and 18 months in prison for breaking into and entering a motor vehicle.

• Hollingsworth sentenced James Hutchison, 38, to four years, suspended, three years probation for possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Shaquan Jackson, 22, to five years, suspended, three years probation for burglary in the third degree.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Samuel Woods, 33, to 10 years, reverse split, three years probation and 12 months in prison for violating the sex offender community notification law.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Ronald Rand, 62, to four years in prison for manufacture of a controlled substance in the second degree. Rand was indicted for manufacture in the first degree but pleaded guilty to the lesser offense.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Michael Varner, 29, to 60 months for possession of a controlled substance.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Eric Henderson, 27, to four years in prison for theft of property in the second degree.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Wennon Parker, 43, to 84 months in prison for possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.

• Hollingsworth sentenced Gary Braxton to 13 years in prison for assault in the second degree against a Talladega police officer. Argo said Braxton, who was convicted by a jury, gave notice of appeal.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com

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