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Former sports standout gets probation

Published 7:54 pm Saturday, January 26, 2013

After being sentenced, a judge warned a former local sports star that he doesnt want to see him in court again.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd sentenced 34-year-old Anthony Roni Robinson to five years probation for charges stemming from a high-speed police chase in September.

Robinson allegedly pulled up to a drug deal that deputies were staking out.

Once Robinson saw the deputys vehicle, he sped off.

During the pursuit on Owenton Road, Robinson ran cars off the road, and deputies reached speeds of about 110 mph. Once Robinson stopped, deputies arrested him.

I dont want to see you back here again, and I know you dont want to be back here again, Shepherd said during sentencing Friday.

I think its time for you to put all this in your past and move on with your life.

Robinson pleaded guilty in December to two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police, reckless driving, second-degree disorderly conduct, speeding 26 mph over the limit and resisting arrest.

In addition to not having any new offenses, Shepherd ordered Robinson to complete his college degree during his probation.

Robinson said hes one semester away from finishing.

Robinson is known for his athletic career in football and basketball at Franklin County High School.

After he graduated in 1997, he was convicted of armed robbery in Montgomery County in 1998 and spent more than four years in prison.

After being released, he enrolled at Kentucky State University and joined the football team in 2003, after six years away from competitive football. During his senior year, he averaged 101 yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry as a running back.

After leaving KSU, he joined the Frankfort-based semi-pro football team Capital City Wardogs.

Also in court Friday:

> Timothy Hogue and William Richardson pleaded guilty to second-degree escape and being persistent felony offenders.

The two inmates fled on foot from the Frankfort Career Development Center, a minimum-security facility, in April 2011.

They were later found and arrested in Casey County.

Shepherd sentenced Hogue and Richardson to six years incarceration each.

> Scott Johnson, 70, was sentenced to five years probation for two cases with two counts of first-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, use of a social network by a sex offender and nine counts of second-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Johnson was charged in September, when police discovered he was using Facebook and had child pornography on his computer. Registered sex offenders are not allowed to use social networks.

Johnson was previously convicted in Peoria, Ill., for possession of 100,000 child sexual exploitation images.

When deputies later went to Johnsons house to serve him a warrant after he was indicted, they once again found a computer with images of child pornography.

> Daniel Hano, 37, was sentenced to two years probation for fourth-degree assault and second-degree wanton endangerment.

Hano hurt his girlfriend on two occasions once in March when he choked her and broke her jaw, and once in June when he choked her in a parking garage.

Shepherd ruled part of his probation includes not having contact with the victim.

> Joyce Renfro, 35, pleaded guilty to criminal littering, identity theft, giving an officer a fake name, possession of a controlled substance and illegal possession of a legal drug. She was sentenced to five years probation.

Renfro was stopped Dec. 23 for littering and gave the officer a name and social security number of another person, according to the plea agreement.

> Anthony Davis, 26, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a persistent felony offender.

On June 7, 2011, police found digital scales, a knife, measuring cup and bags with cocaine residue after executing a search warrant at 436 Harrodsburg Lane.

Davis faces up to 10 years in prison. He will be sentenced March 8.

> Christy Eversole, 55, and Kenneth Eversole, 63, both of Ohio, pleaded guilty to two counts each of theft by failure to make required disposition of property more than $300 in value.

They owned a business and collected sales tax that was not reported to the Kentucky Department of Revenue, and owe $85,000 in restitution.

Commonwealths Attorney Larry Cleveland recommended a two-year sentence and didnt oppose pretrial diversion.

They will be sentenced March 8.

> Barbara Wethington, 47, pleaded guilty to making a false statement or misrepresenting to receive benefits more than $100.

Wethington falsely reported household earnings and wrongly received $6,507 in food stamp benefits.

Cleveland recommended a one-year sentence and didnt oppose pretrial diversion. She will be sentenced March 15.