Four Marion County defendants recently entered plea deals while the State Attorney’s Office announced it would not pursue charges against another six. Defendants who entered pleas received between credit for time served and five years in state prison.

The crimes include possession of cocaine, burglary, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, and more.

Lucian Xavier Evans

The State Attorney’s Office announced Sept. 17 it would not pursue a charge of sexual battery against Evans, 40, of Tallahassee. Statements by the victim seem to show Evans stopped when she asked him to and the evidence is inconsistent with a non-consensual encounter so the likelihood of conviction at trial is slight, according to court documents.

Melecio Garcia-Lopez

Garcia-Lopez, 23, of Ocala, pleaded guilty Sept. 17 to two counts of possession of cocaine and one count each of sale of cocaine, evidence tampering, possession of cannabis less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to six months in the Marion County Jail, which he has already served.

Garcia-Lopez was arrested in March by members of the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team at the Village Green Apartments at 500 SW 33rd Ave. Agents had received information there was drug activity at the complex. Agents recovered 30 grams of cocaine, more than 50 half-gram bags of cocaine, five grams of marijuana, an assortment of ammunition, more than $6,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Brian Keith Alexander

The State Attorney’s Office announced Sept. 18 it would not pursue a charges of sexual battery and attempted sexual battery against Alexander, 55, of Ocala. Case evidence would not prove any sexual acts between the victim and defendant were non-consensual, according to court documents.

Ansel S. Haughton

Haughton, 56, of Oakland, pleaded no contest Sept. 18 to charges of burglary of a structure with assault and grand theft of $300 to less than $20,000. He was sentenced to five years in state prison.

Haughton was arrested in August 2017 after he robbed a Circle K gas station at 6155 SW State Road 200. He took cartons of cigarettes and drinks.

Joshua Edward Turner

Turner, 29, of Weirsdale, pleaded no contest Sept. 20 to charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, leaving the scene of a crash involving injuries, driving while license suspended or revoked, and grand theft. He was sentenced to two years in state prison.

Turner was arrested in May after injuring two people in a two-vehicle crash. He was driving a stolen 2012 Ford Explorer and was traveling east on Southeast 175th Street when he failed to stop at a stop sign and slammed into the left side of a 2011 Dodge Ram that was heading north on Southeast 155th Avenue. Turner got out of his vehicle and ran away.

Bernard K. Parker

The State Attorney’s Office announced Sept. 20 it would not pursue charges of burglary of an occupied structure, possession of burglary tools, criminal attempt to solicit or conspire to commit a second-degree felony, or possession of cannabis less than 20 grams against Parker, 21, of Tampa. The likelihood of conviction at trial was slight, according to court documents.

Darion L. Sims

The State Attorney’s Office announced Sept. 20 it would not pursue charges of criminal attempt to solicit or conspire to commit a second-degree felony, burglary of an unoccupied structure, or possession of burglary tools against Sims, 21, of Brandon. The likelihood of conviction at trial was slight, according to court documents.

Keondre D. Smith

The State Attorney’s Office announced Sept. 20 it would not pursue charges of criminal attempt to solicit or conspire to commit a second-degree felony or burglary of an unoccupied structure against Smith, 23, of Tampa. The likelihood of conviction at trial was slight, according to court documents.

Cristian Charito Diaz-Sanchez

The State Attorney’s Office announced Sept. 24 it would not pursue charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or battery against Diaz-Sanchez, 38, of Ocala. The victim was uncooperative and the likelihood of conviction at trial was slight, according to court documents.

Ronald Lamar Stewart Jr.

Stewart, 41, of Ocala, pleaded guilty Oct. 1 to charges of driving while license revoked as a habitual offender, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to two years and six months in state prison.

Stewart was arrested in February after he was found passed out behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Silverado by an Ocala Police Department officer. The Silverado had rear-ended a car on U.S. 441 approaching Northwest 35th Street. Stewart showed signs of someone overdosed on an opioid and was administered two doses of Narcan. Officers found an empty syringe, a spoon with a white powder substance that tested positive for heroin, and a small piece of tin foil in Stewart’s car.

Contact Katie Pohlman at 867-4065, katie.pohlman@starbanner.com or @katie_pohlman.