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Court Watch

Published: December 3, 2012 4:00 AM

Upcoming hearings in Portage County courts. Dates and times subject to change.


David S. Lawson Jr., 32, of Kent. Sentencing, 9 a.m. Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom. Lawson faces 15 years to life in prison and sex offender registration after pleading guilty to rape, a first-degree felony, on Nov. 21. Lawson admitted he raped an underage girl, who was 8 when the abuse began, starting in April 2008 and continuining for about two years.

James M. Goughler, 47, of Ravenna Township. Sentencing, 9 a.m., Pittman's courtroom. Lawson faces up to 18 months in prison and a driver's license suspension after pleading guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence, a fourth-degree felony, in October. He was pulled over by Ravenna police on Cleveland Road on Aug. 6 and found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. The arrest was Goughler's sixth drunken driving offense in the last 20 years.

Compiled by cops/courts reporter

Dave O'Brien.

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anonymous Dec 8, 2012 1:37 PM

Who will get the best deal? The drunk, or the rapist? My money is on the rapist. Watch Judge Laurie at the "Portage County Discount House of Justice" for the results of the deals on Monday. Remember the "Lowest Sentences, Always! No Plea Deal Refused!!!