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This week in the Athens County Court of Common Pleas an Athens women faced sentencing in connection to a theft that took place in November 2013.

Shavona Balch was in court this Monday for her final hearing, where she pleaded guilty to the charges brought against her. Balch was charged with one count of tampering with evidence, one count of theft and one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

Balch accepted a plea agreement consisting of five years community control and underlying sentence of 18-months. Balch must also complete a community based correctional facility program.

Balch was accused of stealing a debit card from Glouster EZ Mart in Glouster, Ohio. The owner of the card is classified as an elderly person — over the age of 65. Balch later tried to throw the card out of the car window before being pulled over, earning her the tampering with evidence charge.

Balch was found in possession of over $80 worths of Oxycodone, a schedule two drug.

Also this Monday in the Athens County Court of Common Pleas, an Athens man was sentenced in connection with several offenses spanning over a couple months.

Raleigh Robinson was arrested on five counts of trafficking in heroin that took place between November 2013 into January 2014. Officers arrested Robinson after receiving information from  a confidential informant.

Robinson pleaded guilty after accepting a plea deal consisting of 28-months incarceration with a PSI (pre-sentence investigation) which is essentially a background check. Robinson also accepted a four-year license suspension with his restitutions and court costs being paid off within three years.

Today in the court of common pleas, an Athens women faced sentencing after her arrest last November.

Morley was arrested on one count of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of heroin. Morley was found in possession of 131 foil balls found to contain heroin, each equalled one dose under Ohio law.

Morley pleaded guilty after accepting a plea deal consisting five years community control with a 36-month underlying sentence and a six-month driver’s license suspension starting on the day arrested.

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