Witness Intimidation Leads to Lengthy Prison Term
Child Pornography, Drug, and Weapons Offenses also resolved
A Superior Court jury convicted a 37-year-old Laurel man of Home Invasion, two counts of Assault 3rd Degree, Theft Less Than $1500, Criminal Mischief Less Than $1500, six counts of Breach of Release, two counts of Act of Intimidation, and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. In February 2017, Seaford officers were dispatched to a domestic violence situation where they witnessed Anthony Morris physically assaulting a woman in a motel parking lot. Officers learned that Morris had also damaged her vehicle and stolen cash and a debit card from her. After being released on bond with a no-contact order in place, Morris forced his way into the woman’s home and attacked her again. Morris was charged with additional offenses while his case was pending because he continued to violate his no-contact orders with the victim in an attempt to persuade her not to go forward with the charges against him. Morris was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison followed by 1 year of work release, and 2 years of probation. Deputy Attorney General Casey L. Ewart prosecuted the case and was assisted by social worker Carla Ennals, paralegal Veronica McKain, and administrative specialist Angelique Waters.
A Wilmington man who was on probation received significant prison time for second offense child pornography charges. A New Castle County Superior Court judge sentenced 33-year-old Lyle Jervey to 15 years in prison followed by 5 years and 6 months of probation for five counts of Dealing in Child Pornography. In May 2017, a tip led Probation and Parole Officers to Jervey’s residence where they found him in possession of a smartphone with internet access in violation of his probation conditions. A forensic examination revealed that he used the phone for viewing child pornography. This was Jervey’s second conviction for child pornography in the last ten years. He was ordered to register as a Tier III sex offender. The case was investigated by Detective Paul Simonds of the Wilmington Police Department with assistance by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force.
A 40-year-old Harrington man who was charged with Drug and Weapons offenses, pled guilty to Conspiracy 2nd Degree and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. A search warrant was executed at a home in the 100 block of Woodville Drive in Magnolia where Delaware State Police found multiple suspects along with heroin, cocaine, marijuana, weapons, and drug paraphernalia. Allen Simms, one of the defendants found at the scene of the search warrant execution, was sentenced to a total of 5 years in prison by a Kent County Superior Court judge. Deputy Attorney General Greg Babowal prosecuted this case.
The Delaware Child Predator Task Force secured a prison sentence for a Smyrna man for child pornography in Kent County Superior Court. The investigation revealed Lincoln Huntoon, 35, was in possession of child pornography on multiple electronic devices. Huntoon was sentenced by a Superior Court judge to 4 years in prison followed by 3 years of probation for two counts of Dealing in Child Pornography and two counts of Possession of Child Pornography. In addition, Huntoon was ordered to register as a Tier II sex offender.