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Guilford Lake man asks judge to delay sentencing

August 25, 2012
By DEANNE JOHNSON - Staff Writer ( , Morning Journal News

LISBON - Sentencing will wait for a 75-year-old Guilford Lake area man, who pleaded guilty in June to charges involving sexually explicit movies involving small children and preteens.

Richard L. Haught, Spillway Drive, Lisbon, appeared in a wheelchair before Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike Friday for sentencing. However, Haught's defense attorney Richard Hura asked for sentencing to be delayed due to his client's health issues.

"My client is under hospice care and may not live very much longer," Hura said of Haught, who was also breathing with the assistance of an oxygen tube during his court appearance.

Assistant County Prosecutor Timothy McNicol concurred with a delay, but requested Haught's Internet access be limited. Pike complied, stating Haught would only be allowed online to access his email.

On June 18, Haught pleaded guilty to pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, pandering obscenity involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance.

Haught had been originally charged with eight counts each of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and pandering obscenity involving a minor. Additionally, he had faced 12 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance.

Sentencing for Haught has been rescheduled for Oct. 26. Haught faces up to 48 months in prison and a $12,500 fine.

In other cases before Pike on Friday:

- A jury trial was scheduled for Juanita Grant, 41, Pearl Street, Leetonia, the woman accused of taking about $1,700 belonging to the village of Leetonia for her own personal use. Grant was employed by the village during the period between Jan. 1, 2010 and Feb. 29, 2012.

A jury trial was scheduled for Jan. 30. She is charged with theft.

- Maureese Sanders, 26, the Youngstown man accused of failing to appear for another case in Common Pleas Court, refused a plea agreement on Friday. His attorney, Douglas King said the prosecution offered Sanders six months with credit for 158 days, but wanted the remaining 28 days served consecutively to time Sanders is already serving in other cases.

After refusing the offer, Sanders requested a trial to the bench. The trial is set for Tuesday.

- Mykel Crooms, 25, Clarks Mill Road, Hammondsville, one of the men reportedly found inside the Salineville IGA without permission to be there and with several tools, asked Pike for a new attorney. Crooms is also scheduled for a jury trial on Tuesday.

"He hasn't really asked me what happened yet," Crooms said of his court-appointed defense attorney Charley Kidder, "and the trial is in four days."

Pike offered to give Crooms until 1:45 p.m. Monday to further consult with Kidder and make his decision. He also explained to Crooms that if he does want another attorney, there will be some delay in getting the case to trial while the new attorney reviewed the case. Crooms remains in custody.

He is charged with breaking and entering, possessing criminal tools and obstruction of justice after allegely telling authorities who found him that he was alone. Two others were eventually located by a K-9.



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