20-year-old Gerald “Jesse” Hamlin and 17-year-old Dillon Sutherlin both appeared in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday on charges of Aggravated Robbery. As part of a plea agreement with the State, Sutherlin changed his plea to guilty on a lesser charge of Robbery. The plea agreement also states that Sutherlin would receive 4 to 5 years in prison in lieu of a split sentence; however, he would be let out after sentencing if the Court accepts the plea agreement. Sutherlin would also be placed on 5 years of probation.
4th Judicial District Court Judge John Fenn ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be completed, and set a sentencing date of September 23,2010 at 10 am.
A pretrial conference was held for Gerald Hamlin, where both prosecuting attorney Darci Arsene and defense attorney Robert Jones agreed that two days would be sufficient for the trial. A request for a bond reduction by Hamlin's attorney was denied by Judge Fenn. Hamlin's bond will remain $75,000 cash. The trial is set for August 11th and 12th.
Both Hamlin and Sutherlin, along with a third defendant, JJ Hatch, allegedly robbed David Simmons at gunpoint on January 30, 2010 at his home in Sheridan. The three individuals beat Simmons and stole a large bag of marijuana from him.
In other District Court news, a pretrial conference for Nicholas Edwards was held Tuesday, where his defense attorney, Joelle Hadley-Day, stated that they are awaiting the findings of a substance abuse evaluation before finalizing a plea agreement with the State. On January 14, 2010, Edwards and his wife were charged with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and felony Child Endangerment for having their 11-year-old son in the house while the couple used methamphetamine. While a trial date is set for August 11th and 12th, Edward's defense attorney stated to Judge Fenn that a change of plea is imminent.