The Starke Circuit Court yesterday afternoon heard a number of pleas and handed down sentences as several people pleaded guilty to the charges against them.
Lonzo Jackson, 21 of Knox, pleaded guilty to a Class C felony charge of Possession of Chemical Reagents or Precursors with Intent to Manufacture Within 1000 Feet of a School. He admitted that on Nov. 26, he was in possession of lithium batteries and pseudoephedrine at his grandmother’s house, which is located near a church with preschool services. Jackson will serve six years on home detention through Community Corrections followed by two years of probation. He can also request an early release from his sentence if Community Corrections recommends it.
Thirty-six-year-old Billy Minix of Knox also pleaded guilty in the Starke Circuit Court to a charge of Battery to a Family or Household Member with a Person Less Than 16 Years of Age Present. He admitted that on June 1, he grabbed his son Timothy Minix by the throat in a violent manner in the presence of his daughter, and was sentenced to 14 months in the Department of Corrections, all of which was suspended. He will serve eight months of probation, undergo an assessment by Community Corrections, and complete all recommended programs with a focus on Anger Management and Thinking for a Change. He was given three months time served.