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Man pleads guilty to lesser charges in agreement

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By Calen McKinney

A Michigan man accused of attempting to rape a Campbellsville woman has pleaded guilty to amended charges against him.

Anthony "Tony" Michael Politi, 35, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Politi was charged with first-degree attempted rape and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

According to Politi's arrest warrant, he is accused of attempting to force a Campbellsville woman to have sex with him last year.

Campbellsville Police Detective Sgt. Patricia Thompson said in January 2007 that Politi was in Campbellsville and attempted to sexually assault the woman. After the attempt was unsuccessful, Thompson said, Politi injured himself and was taken to Jane Todd Crawford Memorial Hospital in Greensburg, where he was later arrested by Greensburg Police Officer Kenneth Thompson.

Politi pleaded guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment and the persistent felony offender charge.

The prosecutor has recommended that he receive a seven-year sentence. Formal sentencing is set for April 22.

Court records also list Politi's address as c/o the Marion County Detention Center in Lebanon.

Also on Bertram's recent dockets:

- Robert Vick, 36, of Campbellsville pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking more than $300. A charge of being a first-degree persistent felony offender and an additional count of theft by unlawful taking more than $300 were dismissed.

The prosecutor has recommended that Vick be sentenced to a year in prison to be served after he completes another sentence. Sentencing is set for Feb. 19.

- Rhonda Louise Brown Dickens, 40, of 710 Melrose Drive in Campbellsville pleaded guilty to flagrant non-support. A charge of being a first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.

The prosecutor has recommended that Dickens be sentenced to five years' probation to be served at the same time as any other sentence she may be serving and be ordered to make child support payments. Sentencing is set for March 3.

- Latanja Toneika Groves, 27, whose last known address is 215 Arbor Lane in Campbellsville, pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit criminal syndication.

Groves was granted a five-year pretrial diversion. If she fails the terms of her diversion, Groves will be sentenced to three years in prison.

Her case is set for final disposition Feb. 5, 2013. Court records also list her address as 510 N. Jackson in Campbellsville.

One of Groves' five co-defendants, Ryan O'Neal Johnson, 27, of 209 S. Court St. in Campbellsville, also appeared before Bertram and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.

Johnson pleaded guilty in November to facilitation to commit criminal syndication, four counts of first-degree selling cocaine and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Groves' four other co-defendants have entered guilty pleas to charges against them and been sentenced to diversions and probation.

Juan T. Groves, 28, of 501 Crescent Hill in Campbellsville and Donn Zuaneckk Cecil, 27, of 107 Ray St. in Campbellsville were each sentenced to two years' probation. Angela Lynn Johnson, 21, of 209 S. Court St. in Campbellsville was granted a five-year pretrial diversion and Anya Katrina Scott, 30, of 111 Baptist St. in Campbellsville pleaded guilty in December. The prosecutor has recommended that she receive a three-year sentence. Sentencing is tomorrow.

- Melissa E. Tallent, 39, of 542 Skeenah Road in Franklin, N.C. pleaded guilty to first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug supplies, having a controlled substance not in its original container and theft by unlawful taking less than $300.

Tallent was granted a three-year pretrial diversion and sentenced to two years' probation. If she fails the terms of her diversion, Tallent is to be sentenced to three years in prison.

Tallent was also ordered to leave Kentucky and not return. Final disposition of Tallent's case is set for Feb. 8, 2011.

- Zachery A. Young, 19, of 89 Stuarts Lane in Campbellsville pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of facilitation to commit first-degree wanton endangerment.

Young was sentenced to two years' probation.

- Timothy Brian Hicks, 27, of 100 Sassy Court in Campbellsville had his probation revoked and was sentenced to serve five years in prison.

In September 2006, Hicks pleaded guilty in two separate cases to theft by unlawful taking more than $300 and first-degree bail jumping. Two second-degree persistent felony offender charges were dismissed. In February 2007, Hicks was sentenced to four years' probation.

Also in February, Hicks pleaded guilty in another case to stealing a motor vehicle registration plate or decal. On that charge, he was sentenced to an additional year's probation.

Hicks was ordered to pay $500 in restitution, complete a substance abuse program and have no contact with the victims.

Hicks' probation was revoked because he failed to report to the probation and parole office, failed to complete treatment and has continued to use drugs.

He was given credit for 292 days he has already served. Bertram recommended that Hicks enter a treatment program.

Court records also list Hicks' address as 10 Sassy Court in Campbellsville.

-Freddy Burress Jr., 28, of 3880 Speck Ridge Road in Elk Horn was sentenced to five years' probation on multiple theft and other charges.

In October 2007, Burress pleaded guilty in five separate cases to second-degree burglary, 13 counts of second-degree criminal possession of forged checks, two counts of theft by unlawful taking more than $300 and two counts of theft of a controlled substance valued at less than $300.

Burress' sentence will be served at the same time as a sentence he is serving in a Marion County case. He was ordered to pay $3,431.73 in restitution.

Court records also list his address as 3774 Speck Ridge Road in Elk Horn.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.