Grand Jury Indicts 8 in February; 16 Cases Resolved

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

The Marion County Grand Jury returned eight true bills during their February term, while district court actions resolved 16 cases. Appeals filed in district court included one by Lyntorance Jamal Rawls seeking to overturn a motion to revoke probation on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Michael Henry Cossman also appealed the order to revoke his probation on a charge of a sex offender’s duty to register. Cossman was transferred to the state jail while the appeal is being processed. Cossman was indicted on the same charge again in February.

Sex offenders are required to register a variety of data and addresses including their vehicle and their job, as well as their residence. Failure to register any of the required information can result in separate felony charges.

A third appeal was in an arson conviction case. Indictments returned in February also included three burglary charges, two aggravated assault charges with a deadly weapon, driving while intoxicated third or more offense and injury to a child, elderly or disabled person.

One person waived his right to a grand jury hearing and received five-years deferred adjudication in addition to a $1,000 fine and $368 court costs on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one.

Of the 16 cases handled by the courts in February, four had probations revoked, one was an amended probation, eight received deferred adjudication, two were dismissed and one was convicted. $13,000 in fines and $5,057 in court costs were levied.

Four cases that were resolved in February were burglary charges, three were assault charges, one was for a terroristic threat of a public servant, one for possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility, one for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, one for possession of a controlled substance penalty group one, one for boating while intoxicated third or more offense and one for unlawful carrying of a weapon on alcohol premises.

An injury to a child/elderly/disabled with intent to cause bodily injury charge was dismissed.

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