Category: Mohave County

Child Porn Sentence

A young man who admits having an improper interest in child pornography is going to the Arizona Department of Corrections. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen imposed an eight year prison term for Brandon Bolt, 21, at a February 25 sentencing hearing. The prison term is connected to Bolt’s guilty plea to a reduced charged of luring a minor for sexual exploitation. Authorities said Bolt sent an image of his own anatomy and engaged in improper online communication with an eleven-year-old girl nearly a year ago. Judge Jantzen imposed a lifetime probation charge for a separate conviction involving discovery of a child pornography image on his cell phone. Public Defender Harry Moore said Bolt’s personal immaturity may help explain in interest in underage females. He said Bolt regrets the embarrassment he has caused himself and his family, and that he has been forthcoming and apologetic about these issues. “I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” Bolt told the Judge. “I’m disgusted with what I’ve done and I need to learn more about...

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Thornton To The Rescue

Chairman Paul Gorham and Board member Mark Vanik are ecstatic with the hiring of a new Administrative Manager for the Golden Valley Fire District (GVFD). Word of the personnel addition comes after months of embarrassing publicity and exposure of financial blunders that have a more than year long history. The GVFD has been looking for office help for months and Gorham said Kingman resident Janette Thornton has accepted an employment offer. “She’s got an impressive financial resume that will be of great benefit to the district,” Gorham said. “She’s a no-nonsense person willing to take on the challenge of our district.” Gorham said Thornton’s credentials include more than 30 years of professional accounting and business management experience. “She will manage that office. She will give us what we desperately need as our check and balance system,” Gorham said. “She’ll make sure there are no mistakes, make sure things are running smoothly. She knows how things are supposed to work.” Karen Christensen will reportedly remain in the office in a support rule and a contract accountant will be phased out of the operation by late spring, early summer. Thornton will reportedly begin working for the GVFD in mid-March at an annual salary in the area of $52,000. Gorham said the hiring will stabilize the finance management arena, allowing the Board and staff to address other issues of concern. “This takes one more thing off the plate that...

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Meth Bust Prison Sentence

A California man is heading to the Arizona Department of Corrections for attempting to transport methamphetamine through Mohave County. A five year prison sentence was imposed February 23 for Dontrell Powell, 25, Apple Valley. The punishment was stipulated in a plea agreement convicting Powell of possession of dangerous drugs for sale.  Powell was a passenger in a vehicle stopped on Interstate 40 in Kingman last July for traveling without its headlights on. Detection of an odor of marijuana prompted a search of the vehicle which resulted in the confiscation of five pounds of meth located in the trunk. Powell reportedly accepted responsibility for the illegal cargo and told authorities his girlfriend, the driver, had no idea the drugs were stashed in the trunk. The Mohave County Sheriff’s office, at the time of the bust, alleged the drugs were being transported from California to...

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Plunkett Gets Life Prison Term

A natural life prison sentence was imposed Tuesday for a Fort Mohave man convicted in the June, 2013 beating death of his girlfriend. Louis Plunkett, 55, was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Marilyn Burdick, 62, whose fully clothed body was found floating in her backyard swimming pool. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Williams tacked on nearly nine years more prison time for fraud and evidence tampering convictions. Those counts involved an email scheme that convinced Burdick to disinherit family members and place her assets worth more than $200,000 in his care about 18 months before the homicide. Burdick’s family members and her best friend called Plunkett a despicable monster at sentencing. “He absoluteley disgusts me and he is a waste of space,” Burdick’s daughter, Karen Bender, said of Plunkett. She said she is haunted by questions about her mother’s suffering at the hands of Plunkett. “Did she beg you for her life,” Bender queried. “I can’t imagine the fear and pain she must have experienced as you ended her life.” Bender, her husband, her aunt and Burdick’s best friend expressed regret and guilt that they did not fight harder when Plunkett systematically isolated and segregated Burdick from her family and circle of friends. They said they should have followed their instincts and suspicions that Plunkett was a “bad seed”, but that they held back when he convinced Burdick...

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Kelli Ward Making News

Kelli Ward’s name is all over the state news wire today. The state senator from Lake Havasu City is getting publicity for her involvement with three pieces of pending legislation. Ward’s proposed ban of use of photo radar for speed enforcement was rejected in the senate. Ward argues the camera equipment is a money making ploy by cities and towns and a Constitutional infringement. Another Ward measure involving microbreweries was delayed over concern that it grants in-state regulatory exceptions to microbreweries that would not be provided to out-of-state operators. Ward said she is confident the bill can be modified to garner sufficient support for advancement in the legislature. Ward on Monday amended a bill legalizing sawed-off shotguns, silencers and nunchucks. Her amendment would legalize such weapons and accessories to be possessed by those who’ve had a guilty conviction set aside by a...

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