FROM THE COURTHOUSE

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

From the Courthouse

By Cathy Decker

Times Record

ALEDO — News from the courtroom in Mercer County for the week of Jan. 2–5, 2017:

• Joseph Duverney, 56, Aledo, appeared in custody before Judge Richard Zimmer on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in a criminal case for felony residential burglary, with the state represented by Mercer County State’s Attorney Meeghan Lee. A call came in to the Aledo Police Department on Dec. 28, 2016, when investigators were notified of a sapphire ring missing from an Aledo residence. The ring was valued at between $1,500 and $2,000. A neighbor of Duverney’s was questioned, who told police he had pawned the ring at an Aledo pawn shop on Dec. 30 at the request of Duverney. Several other items belonging to the ring owner were also found at the pawn shop. The court found probable cause to hold Duverney accountable to answer to the charges and named Aaron Dyer as public defender. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 11:15 a.m. Jan. 10. Duverney is being held on $10,000 bond and will be answering two other charges — battery, makes physical contact, and a petition to revoke probation on a previous conviction for domestic battery.

• Darin Scott Russell, 29, of Aledo, appeared in custody before Judge Richard Zimmer on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, represented by public defender Aaron Dyer and the state represented by Mercer County State’s Attorney Meeghan Lee. The pretrial conference ended in a plea agreement, with Russell pleading guilty to having a firearm without a proper identification card (misdemeanor). In exchange for the guilty plea, a charge of disorderly conduct (misdemeanor) was dismissed. He was sentenced to 14 days in the Mercer County Jail, with credit for time served, and a fine of $200 plus court costs. Russell also forfeited his Taser as part of his penalty.