SIDNEY- An 18-year-old Sidney man has been sentenced to four years in prison for his involvement in an armed robbery in August. Authorities indicate he held a gun to the head of a juvenile victim during the robbery.
Prison and jail terms were handed out in other cases heard recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.
Miles Germaine Chambers, 18, at large, was sentenced Tuesday on one count of robbery, a second-degree felony. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,345.81, and assessed court costs.
On Aug. 30, Chambers and two juveniles entered a residence in the 1000 block of Buckeye Avenue at 3:54 p.m. committing an armed robbery, according to Sidney Police.
The victim reported three suspects that were known to him displayed at least one handgun and left with property from the victim’s residence. A subsequent search and investigation led to the arrest of two juveniles. Chambers was not immediately located, but later arrested by police.
On Dec. 11, Judge James Stevenson accepted a plea negotiation agreement in the case when Chambers pleaded guilty to the robbery charge. Originally, Chambers was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, with a gun specification.
In other cases:
• Mitchell Ray Regula, 43, 9101 Tawawa-Maplewood Road, was sentenced to 17 months in prison on a charge of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. He was also fined $300 and assessed court costs.
The court noted previous domestic violence convictions during his sentencing.
• Jeffery Eichelberger, 33, 527 N. Wagner Ave., was sentenced to 11 months in prison on charges of aggravated possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. He was found guilty on the charges during a recent jury trial.
He was also fined $200 and assessed court costs.
• Charles D. Cox, 31, 8413 Fort Loramie-Swanders Road, Anna, received 180 days in the Shelby County Jail on a probation violation. The violation regards his conviction on a charge attempted violation of a protection order, a first-degree misdemeanor.
He will participate in the work release program at the jail scheduled to begin Feb. 1.
• Jose Ramon Matos-Diaz, 42, 1001 Fourth Ave, Lot 71, was sentenced to 30 days in jail on a probation violation of a possession of drugs charge, a fifth-degree felony. He will also participate in the work release program and scheduled to report on Feb. 18.
• Gunnar Francis, 23, 11234 Schenk Road, remains housed at the county jail for not attending two scheduled court sessions earlier this week.
On Monday, he failed to appear for a final pretrial on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. On Tuesday, he was a no-show for his sentencing on an attempted escape charge, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was convicted for fleeing while on a work release program from the county jail on July 11.
His $2,500 bond was revoked, and an arrest warrant was issued. He was taken into custody later Tuesday. His sentencing has been rescheduled for Feb. 5.
• Joseph W. Kouts, 27, 5474 Smith Road, Houston, entered a guilty plea during a status conference to a charge of petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. An agreement to repay $1,081.41 in restitution was part of the deal, according to online court records.
Kouts was found to have taking a cash deposit from Great Clips of Sidney from a night deposit drop box. No date has been set for his sentencing.
• Phillip P. Hodge, 40, 818 Linden Ave., failed to appear in court for his final pretrial recently. His $2,500 bond was revoked and a warrant for his arrest was issued.
He is charged with breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies, and failure to comply with the order of a police officer, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Hodge is accused of breaking into the Sidney Car Wash, 721 N. Vandemark Road. Sidney Police responded to an alarm at 3:20 a.m. on Aug. 27 discovering someone had entered the business. Hodge was found a short time later at Village West Apartments, 500 N. Vandemark Road.
When ordered to stop, is allegedly drove through a yard to escape police being arrested a short time later.
• Brittany Nicole Morris, 20, 640 S. Main St., Piqua, was ordered to remain on community control during a probation violation hearing. She was remanded to the county jail until she can be transported to the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation (WORTH) Center in Lima.
She was originally convicted on a charge of burglary, a second-degree felony.
• Albert L. Taylor, 43, 818 Buckeye Ave., was sentenced to successfully complete counseling at the WORTH Center. He was sentenced on a charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.
• Matthew D. Shoe, 34, 34. 615 East Ave., was ordered to attended counseling at the WORTH Center on two counts of possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies.
• Stephen E. Cheek, 47, at large, was also ordered to attend programs at the WORTH Center on a conviction of attempted grand theft auto, a fifth-degree felony.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.
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