Man will spend 21st birthday in custody
One man will be celebrating his 21st birthday in custody after being sentenced on Tuesday for battery causing substantial bodily harm.
Austin Healey Mordhorst turns 21 on Saturday, and Judge Tod Young found him guilty of the felony offense.
He was sentenced to 12-30 months in prison that will run consecutive to his jail sentence.
Mordhorst was sentenced earlier in the year for using a false identity, after witnesses saw him throwing rocks at cars.
Mordhorst had a warrant so when deputies questioned him, he gave his brother’s name.
He was placed on probation for the false identity charge, and ordered to serve six months in jail, where he got in the fight.
Mordhorst caused the victim several fractures in his face and knocked out several teeth.
“This is dangerous behavior,” said Deputy District Attorney Peter Handy.
Mordhorst said that he was called names in jail and acted out because he was angry.
“I let someone provoke me. I accept all the consequences for my actions,” said Mordhorst.
He will serve out his jail sentence before serving his prison sentence.
“Don’t let that provocation take you to a spot that puts you in prison,” said Young. “I wish you well, I want you to do something with your life.”
■ Michael Horny, 58, was found guilty of felony sales of a controlled substance for a transaction that occurred in April 2015.
He was sentenced to 12-36 months in prison, and ordered to pay fees and fines.
He was originally facing up to 72 months in prison and a $20,000 fine.
“It’s very clear that Mr. Horny personally struggles with drugs,” said his attorney Adam Spicer. “This man is certainly a drug addict.”
He was caught selling methamphetamine in 2015.
“I am always starting back in the addiction,” said Horny. “It has destroyed and taken everything from me.”
He has credit for 51 days time served.
“Mr. Horny I hear you. I really do. You’re not entirely honest with yourself,” said Young. “You’re an addict. The opportunity for treatment is still there.”
■ Raymond Ocampo, 29, failed to appear for his arraignment on Tuesday and a nationwide bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
He was arrested in April for possession for sale and possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine.
Bail was set at $100,000.
■ Joshua Martin, 24, was sentenced on Tuesday for felony attempted battery by a prisoner in custody.
He was given 12-30 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for the victim’s medical bills.
In March a fight broke out in the jail between Martin and Tristan Cassidy, 29, that resulted in Cassidy going to the emergency room.
Martin was nearly finished with his sentence in jail when he got into the fight.
Martin said that Cassidy had been picking on other guys in the jail and egging him on until one day he couldn’t take it and ended up getting into the fight.
“To tell you the truth I tried to avoid this fight,” said Martin.
Cassidy said that Martin sucker punched him, and asked for a no-contact order since they will both be in prison together.
Martin has credit for 88 days time served.
■ Shane Wedin, 22, was in court on Tuesday for felony grand larceny for his involvement in stealing over $900 in ink cartridges from Walmart.
He is facing up to 60 months and up to a $10,000 fine.
He said that he stole in order to get enough money to pay for rent.
He was released on his own recognizance until his Aug. 2 sentencing date.
■ Wesley Daniel Weigand, 29, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony attempting to elude a police officer.
He already pleaded guilty to a second DUI after being caught with a blood alcohol content of .260.
He was arrested May 14 after failing to come to a stop after an officer signaled him to do so.
He then crashed the car near Dresslerville Road.
He is facing up to 72 months in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
His request for bail was denied, and he will stay in custody until the Aug. 2 sentencing.
■ Jamie Kirkpatrick, 49, was sentenced for trafficking in a controlled substance for what he said was only $50 worth of methamphetamine.
“Mr. Kirkpatrick is recognizing what he did was wrong,” said his attorney Justin Clouser.
Kirkpatrick said that he needed money after losing his job and thought that selling drugs would be an easy way.
He has several previous prison terms that he has served and a lengthy criminal history, so Young deviated from the recommended sentence.
The state asked for a 18-48 month term but Young sentenced him to 24-60 months in prison.
He has credit for 88 days time served.