Driver in teen crash goes to prison

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Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013 4:35 pm | Updated: 5:10 pm, Mon Aug 19, 2013.

A Marion woman will serve five years of supervised probation and a year-and-a- half on house arrest for embezzling money from residents at a care home in Nebo.

In a separate case, a McDowell County Superior Court judge sent an Old Fort man to prison for the November 2012 Nix Creek Road wreck that injured five teenagers.

In the embezzlement case, Ashley Sluder Lawing, 32, of Goose Creek Road, Marion was the director of operations at Lake James Lodge from November 2011 to October 2012.

During that time, she was in charge of the main bank account for the lodge, an account for residents, and another account for expenses, Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said in a previous story.

From those accounts, she embezzled $22,868.52 from the assisted living facility, and $5,400 from money set aside for funeral expenses from one of the residents.

During the May term of McDowell County Superior Court, Lawing pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzlement, and one count of exploiting disabled or elderly trust.

On the first count of embezzlement, she was given a six- to 17-month suspended sentence and 60 months supervised probation. She must spend 22 days in jail, and was given credit for time served. She must pay a restitution of $35,458.07 to victims, $738 for a court-appointed attorney, and court costs. She must have no contact with any of the victims, or be employed anywhere entrusted with individual’s money.

On the second count of embezzlement, she was given a six to 17-month suspended sentence, with 60 months supervised probation, consecutive to the previous sentence. She was given six months of electronic house arrest.

On the third count of embezzlement, she was given a six to 17-month suspended sentence and 60 months supervised probation, consecutive to the previous sentence. She was given six months of electronic house arrest.

For the charge of exploiting disabled or elderly trust, she was handed a six to 17-month suspended sentence and 60 months supervised probation, consecutive to the previous sentence. She was given six months electronic house arrest.

In connection with the November wreck, Taylor Lewis Townsend, 20, of Moffitt Hill, Old Fort, pleaded guilty to two counts of level one driving while impaired causing serious physical injury.

For the first count, he will serve 16 to 29-months in prison. He must pay court costs and a $500 fine.

For the second count, he will serve 16 to 29-monts in prison, consecutive to the first judgment. He must pay court costs and a fine of $500.

At 3:06 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, Townsend was driving a 2008 Honda Civic east on Nix Creek Road at a high rate of speed, when he ran off the right side of the pavement, came back onto the road, skidded off the left side and struck a road sign and a tree, according to Trooper R.W. Monosso of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

A witness at the scene of the crash said the car went airborne as it crossed the railroad tracks in front of GEM Constructors and before it slammed into the tree.

Townsend and his five passengers were taken to Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, four of them by helicopter.

Townsend was treated and released, but all of his passengers – 19-year-old Aaron Edwards, of Searcy Road in Marion; 19-year-old Brandon Stackable, of Haywood Drive in Marion; 18-year-old Jeffrey Morrow, of Quail Ridge Road in Marion; 16-year-old Amber Benge, of U.S. 221 in Marion; and 18-year-old Anthony Tyler Poole, of Lucky Street in Marion – were seriously injured.

Also during the May term of Superior Court.

Crystal Carter Trivette, 34, of Hill Road, Marion, pleaded guilty to larceny of a motor vehicle.

She was given a 120 day suspended sentence, and 18 months supervised probation. She was fined $250, $300 for a court-appointed attorney and court costs. She must not be on property of victim.

Tammie Meichelle Vess, 38, of Overlook Park, Marion, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor probation violation and 12 counts of breaking-or-entering a motor vehicle.

For the probation violation, her probation was revoked, and 45 day suspended sentence was activated. She was given credit for time served.

For six counts of breaking-or-entering a motor vehicle, she received a six to 17-month suspended sentence, 30 months supervised probation, and six months of electronic house arrest. She must pay a $250 fine, restitution of $4,224.03 to victim, $1,145.50 for a court-appointed attorney, and court costs.

For six counts of breaking-or-entering a motor vehicle, she received a six to 17-month suspended sentence and 30 months of supervised probation, consecutive to the previous judgment.

Patrick Gregory Wallace, 43, of Sugar Hill Road, Marion, pleaded guilty to two counts of a probation violation.

For the first probation violation, he was sentenced to 37 days in jail, and must pay $360 for a court-appointed attorney.

For the second probation violation, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, and probation was extended 18 months, consecutive to the first judgment.

Clinton Hugo Wilson Sr., 54, of Airport Road, Marion, pleaded guilty to a felony probation violation.

He was sentenced to seven days in jail, and his probation was extended for 24 months. He must pay $180 for a court-appointed attorney.

Justin Wayne Yelton, 32, of Squirrel Hollow, Marion, pleaded guilty to discharging a weapon in an occupied building, resisting a public officer, and communicating threats.

He was given 23 to 40-months suspended sentence, and 30 months supervised probation. He must serve 30 days in jail, and was given credit for time served. He was fined $1,000, $720 for a court-appointed attorney, $1,550 in restitution to victim and court costs. He must have no contact with the victim

Cody Allen Ivers, 22, of Spooky Hollow Road, Marion, pleaded guilty to five counts of felony probation violation and three counts of misdemeanor probation violation.

For the first count of felony probation violation, his probation was revoked, and sentenced to 240 days in jail. He was given credit for time served.

For the second count of felony probation violation, his probation was revoked, and sentenced to 240 days in jail. He was given credit for time served.

For the third count of felony probation violation, his probation was revoked, and sentenced to 240 days in jail. He was given credit for time served.

For the fourth count of felony probation violation, he was sentenced to eight and a half months in prison, probation was extended for 12 months, and must pay $420 for a court-appointed attorney.

For the fifth count of felony probation violation, he was sentenced to three months in prison, and probation was extended for 18 months, consecutive to previous judgment.

For the first count of misdemeanor probation violation, his probation was revoked, and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. He was given credit for time served.

For the second count of misdemeanor probation violation, his probation was revoked, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. He was given credit for time served.

For the third count of misdemeanor probation violation, his probation was revoked, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was given credit for time served.

Anthony William Reynolds, 29, of Mt. Home Church Road, Morganton, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, possession of a firearm by a felon, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.

He was sentenced to 59 to 80 months in prison. He must pay $4,470.15 in restitution to victim, $1,972 for a court-appointed attorney, and court costs. He was given credit for time served.

Katy Jo Williams, 28, of Banner Elk Highway, Elk Park, pleaded guilty to felony possession of cocaine.

She was given a six to eight month suspended sentence, and 24 months supervised probation. She must serve ten days in jail, and was given credit for time served. She must pay $690 for a court-appointed attorney and court costs. She must not be on property where drugs are present.