Drug, assault cases highlight Super Court
By George Kunke
By GEORGE KUNKE
SOUTH BEND – Failing to register as a sex offender, methamphetamine sentencing, various felonies and drug court admissions were on the work order in Pacific County Superior Court under Judge Mike Sullivan the past few Fridays.
Randy James Jamieson Jr., entered a guilty plea to a sex offense of criminal trespass against children last Friday afternoon.
“While Mr. Jamieson Jr. did not commit this offense, it was an agreed amendment to a lesser charge as part of a plea bargain, which the victim and her family were supportive of,” said Pacific County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain.
The Department of Corrections will complete a pre-sentence investigation prior to sentencing, which is presently scheduled for January 3, 2013.
“Mr. Jamieson Jr. will be required to register as a sex offender and be on probation,” McClain added.
Jamieson Jr. remains in custody at the Pacific County Jail.
Dustin Scott, 30, of Raymond, pled guilty plea to felony harassment. “Mr. Scott asserted that his neighbor owed him money which her ex-boyfriend had apparently loaned him five years ago,” McClain said. “The dispute escalated into his breaking a window and telling her that he will do more if she didn’t meet his demands. Mr. Scott’s actions warranted the felony conviction and a five-year no-contact order with the victim, which the court followed. We were pleased that the judge followed the recommendation.”
Jason Clifton, 30, pled guilty plea to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. Clifton was riding an unlicensed motorbike on U Street in Ocean Park when officers observed him traveling above the posted speed limit. Deputy Kangus attempted a routine traffic stop on Clifton.
“Mr. Clifton ran a stop sign, cut another driver off and continued fleeing from the pursuing officers,” McClain said. “Mr. Clifton’s conduct endangered our community and his action warranted a prison sentence and we have settled the case with an agreed 22-month sentence. Judge Michael Sullivan followed the agreed sentencing recommendation of 22 months and we were pleased that he saw this case as the parties did.”
Judge Michael Sullivan, following a bench trial, found David H. Pedrazzetti of Raymond not guilty. According to McClain, Pedrazzetti was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and Deputy Prosecutor Brent Bottoms represented the State. Charges followed when an off-duty reserve police officer attempted to sell chanterelle mushrooms to a home displaying a sign indicating they were buying the mushrooms. Pedrazzetti allegedly indicated they were not buying the mushrooms that day, but offered to sell marijuana to the officer. Uncertain how to proceed, the officers declined to purchase the marijuana, but contacted members of the Pacific County Drug Task Force. Unable to successfully complete an undercover operation, two weeks later, and while Pedrazzetti was being detained on an unrelated matter, his ex-girlfriend contacted law enforcement officers to report that she had the marijuana which Pedrazzetti was processing from within his residence and turned the marijuana over to law enforcement officials. Judge Sullivan ruled that the defendant’s ex-girlfriend was, “unreliable [as a] witness . . . [and that] she had a motive to fabricate her testimony about [Mr. Pedrazzetti] to get him into trouble and exclude [him] from their shared residence,” Judge Sullivan ruled in his written opinion.
Jamie M. Cable, 33, of Raymond, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for delivery and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.
“Ms. Cable and an accomplice (Misael Rodriguez-Martinez, 32) were accused of delivering methamphetamine to a confidential informant,” McClain said. “The co-defendant’s matter remains set for trial.”
The two were arrested Nov. 5th when deputies served a narcotics related search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Robert Bush Drive in South Bend.
Investigators located a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine hidden within the residence, cash, digital weigh scales and drug related paraphernalia.
Martinez was originally booked into the Pacific County Jail on four counts of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, one count of possession of a dangerous weapon and an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer. Martinez’s bail was set at $250,000.
Cable was originally booked into the Pacific County Jail on two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and one count of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Cable’s bail was set at 150,000 dollars.
Woody T. Phillips, Jr., 39, of Astoria, Oregon, entered a guilty plea to failure to register as a sex offender. “Mr. Phillips was required to register as a sex offender following his prior conviction for third degree assault with sexual motivation,” McClain said. “Mr. Phillips has been registering as required until late 2012 when he informed the Sheriff’s Office of his intended move. Deputies appropriately followed up and learned that he failed to complete the registration paperwork as required.” Phillips was sentenced to 60 days in jail for his felony failure to register as a sex offender and will be required to register for an additional 10 years following the conviction.
Thomas Pickernell pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property, identify theft, and forgery and was sentenced to 3 months in jail.
Casey Riggs, 29, of Raymond was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine with the aggravating factor of having recently been released from custody.
Terry L. Transue, 33, of Tokeland, pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to one year in prison.
Robert S. Lund, 62, of Raymond, pled guilty to violation of a no contact order by assault and harassment and was sentenced under a first time sentencing waiver, which is a felony-sentencing alternative. “Mr. Lund had violated the order in the past and if he does this again he will be sent to prison,” McClain pointed out.
Robert Olson, 28, of Oregon, pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced under a first time offender waiver to 30 days in jail followed by probation and drug treatment. “Mr. Olson will also be sent back to Oregon to face a probation violation,” McClain informed.
Matthew M. Pearson was entered into the Pacific County Drug Court program. Pearson remains in custody and will be released once an in-patient chemical dependency bed becomes available.
Lindey Ginther was entered into Pacific County Drug Court.
Jesus Garcia was entered into Pacific County Drug Court.
Erica Bordner of Raymond had her case continued into January for argument on the revocation of her stipulated order of continuance.
Randy James Jamison, Jr. had his case continued for pre-trial hearings. The trial is set for December 16 and 17.
Brandon Makinson was continued for trial setting.