The courthouse calendar will carry guilty, not guilty, NP and stet verdicts.

NP (nolle prosequi): A formal entry upon the record by the prosecuting officer in a criminal case by which he declares that he “will no further prosecute” the case.

Stet: Stay of a decision that may not be entered over the defendant’s objection and may be reinstated within the year for trial at the request of either party. After one year’s time, it may be rescheduled only upon good cause shown.

The only district court motor vehicle cases that are published here are those related to impaired driving.

Circuit Court

Judge Harris P. Murphy

Dec. 30, 2020

Brittney Morgan Lyles, 29, Ridgely. Contributing to the condition of a child. Plea guilty. Verdict guilty. The defendant is sentenced to three years in the Division of Correction, with all but three days suspended. She is placed on three years of supervised probation. The following charges are dismissed: fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority (two counts); sex abuse of a minor; and perverted practice.

District Court

Judge John E. Nunn III

Dec. 2, 2020

Motor vehicle cases

Robert Delfin Baca, 64, Chestertown. Exceeding posted maximum speed, 69 mph in a posted 50-mph zone. Plea guilty. Verdict guilty. The following charge is placed on the stet docket: driving while impaired by alcohol.

Ronald Lewis Duplessis Jr., 31, Wilmington, Del. The following charges are dismissed: driving while under the influence of alcohol; driving while under the influence of alcohol per se; driving while impaired by alcohol; negligent driving; reckless driving; and failure to obey properly placed traffic control device instructions.

Judge John E. Nunn III

Dec. 14, 2020

Criminal cases

Cody L. Figiel, 29, Centreville. Violate a protective order. Plea guilty. Verdict guilty. The defendant is sentenced to 90 days in the Kent County Detention Center. Failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order. Plea guilty. Verdict guilty. The following charge is dismissed: trespass, private property.

Cody L. Figiel, 29, Centreville. Failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order. Plea guilty. Verdict guilty. The following charge is dismissed: second-degree attempted escape.

Thomas Henry Kennard Jr., 78, Chestertown. Second-degree assault. Plea guilty. Verdict guilty. The defendant is sentenced to six months in the Kent County Detention Center, suspended. He is placed on one year of supervised probation.

Donald Eugene Wissman, 55, Denton. Hearing on violation of probation for a conviction of forgery, private documents. Violation is dismissed.

Motor vehicle cases

Christopher Jay Blue, 44, Greensboro. Driving while impaired by alcohol. Plea guilty. Verdict guilty. The court strikes the guilty verdict and offers probation before judgment. The defendant is placed on one year of supervised probation. The following charges are dismissed: driving while under the influence of alcohol; and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle on highway.

Cody L. Figiel, 29, Centreville. Driving while impaired by alcohol. Plea guilty. Verdict guilty. The defendant is sentenced to 60 days in the Kent County Detention Center. The following charges are dismissed: driving while under the influence of alcohol; driving while under the influence of alcohol per se; attempt to drive while so far impaired that he cannot drive safely; and driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance.

Judge John E. Nunn III

Dec. 16, 2020

Criminal cases

Tara M. Smith, 32, Earleville. The following charge is dismissed: theft, $1,500 to less than $25,000.

Dashira Tiara Caulk, 30, Worton. The following charge is dismissed: theft, $100 to less than $1,500.

Charles Frank Walter III, 30, Centreville. Hearing on violation of probation for conviction of conducting a theft scheme, $1,500 to less than $25,000. The defendant is found in violation. Probation is continued.

Justin Robert George Maxwell, 24, Earleville. The following charges are dismissed: theft, $1,500 to less than $25,000; and malicious destruction of property having a value more than $1,000.

Judge John E. Nunn III

Dec. 18, 2020

Criminal case

Wilfred Miller, 37, Chestertown. The following charge is dismissed: theft, less than $100.

Judge John E. Nunn III

Dec. 21, 2020

Criminal case

Joann D. Foreman, 69, Worton. The following charge is dismissed: theft, $1,500 to less than $25,000.

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