SIDNEY – A 19-year-old Sidney man faces up to five years in prison when sentenced on sex-related charges in two separate cases. A plea agreement includes prosecutors not asking for a certain amount of prison time.
In other cases, heard recently by Shelby County Common Pleas Court Judge James Stevenson, incarceration orders for several people convicted for a sex crime, child endangering, drugs, and other violations, were issued.
Jontez Armond Haithcock, 19, 616 N. Miami Ave., pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery, second and third-degree felonies, and, aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony.
He is facing a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the two cases. He will be sentenced on June 5.
Originally, Haithcock was indicted on a charge of rape, a first-degree, accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual conduct with him on Jan. 9. He was also charged with two counts of rape, first-degree felonies, and one count of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, a second-degree felony.
The rape charges involve alleged sexual activity conducted with child less than 13 years old. The pandering charge involves a 13-year-old female supposedly being encouraged to send him nude photos of herself. The aggravated assault conviction was for participating in injuring a man during an altercation.
• Scott E. Hudgins, 54, 721 Linden Ave., was sentenced to 17 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) on a charge of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony. He was convicted for having sexual activity with a woman who was intoxicated and asleep on Sept. 3.
Judge Stevenson also declared him a Tier 1 sex offender. Once released from prison, Hudgins must register with the county sheriff annually for 15 years.
Hudgins’ plea deal in the first case was contingent that he entered a guilty plea to trafficking in drugs charge, a fifth-degree felony, in a second case. He was arrested on June 28 in possession of cocaine.
He was sentenced to 11 months with the ODRC with the terms to be served consecutively. In all, Hudgins will be incarcerated for 28 months.
• Kandice Lee Hall, 22, 3499 S. County Road 25A, was sentenced to 17 months at the Marysville Reformatory for Women of the ODRC on a charge of child endangerment, a fourth-degree felony.
Hall was found guilty of placing her baby in a bassinet she knew was unsafe and failed to obtain proper medical treatment after the baby turned blue and stopped breathing.
• In a multi-case sentencing, Krista A. Elliott, 25, incarcerated, was ordered to serve 18 months at the Marysville Reformatory in two separate cases.
She had pleaded guilty to attempted grand theft, a fourth-degree felony, and trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony, in separate cases. She received 18 months of the grand theft charge and 12 months on the trafficking conviction. The sentences will be served concurrently, or at the same time.
In a third case, she pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. When sentenced she faces a maximum of nine months in prison and a $2,500 fine. She has been ordered to pay $2,123 in restitution.
High speed joy ride ends with convictions
• Two of the four men who went for a joy ride on motorcycles in late February have accepted plea agreements recently for their part in leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit. Both men are facing a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Bradley Ray Devault, 22, 123 E. Dallas St., pleaded guilty to a charge of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. He must also forfeit his 2004 Triumph Daytona motorcycle used in the chase.
Jacob Wade Stephens, 20, 10871 Russell Road, entered a guilty plea to tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. He must also forfeit his motorcycle helmet and a Go Pro camera.
Two others were charged and have pending cases.
J. Brandon Glass, 36, 13250 Luthman Road, Minster, is charged with complicity to failure to comply with order of a police officer, and tampering with evidence, both fourth-degree felonies; and operating a motor vehicle bearing invalid license plate or identification mark, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
Eric D. Terry, 29 1603 Cedarbrook Place, is charged with failure to comply with order or signal from a police officer, a third-degree felony. A specification calls for the forfeiture of his helmet and GoPro helmet camera.
According to Shelby County Sheriff’s Office report, on Feb. 27 deputies were called to a motorcycle crash along Miami Conservancy Road, north of Lockington. A witness told dispatchers the driver allegedly got onto another motorcycle after crashing and a group of riders left the area north on Miami Conservancy Road.
When Deputy Chris VanMeter attempted to make a traffic stop at Fair and Millcreek roads, the cyclists are accused of fleeing north on Interstate 75 eventually exceeding 120 miles per hour. Due to the potential danger, VanMeter terminated the pursuit.
Minutes later, Sidney Police was pursuing two motorcyclists south on St. Marys Avenue south of I-75. Police followed them to a home on Russell Road and apprehended the drivers, Stephens and Terry. A consensual search of their helmet cameras revealed Glass had crashed along Miami Conservancy Road and rode away from the scene with Devault.
Glass is accused of aiding the driver Devault during the pursuit.
Glass was later located at Lima Memorial Hospital being treated for several injuries including broken bones. Devault, Stephens and Terry were incarcerated later that evening.
• Dustin Thomas, 32, 610 E. Pike St., Jackson Center, was ordered to jail and was placed on a $10,000 bond. Thomas had failed to appear for a previous court appearance.
He is charged with two counts of possession of drugs, and, possession of criminal tools, all fifth-degree felonies.
Intervention programs ordered
• Jessica L. Carter, 32, 331 Fifth Ave., was ordered to the county jail until she can be transferred to the MonDay Program in Montgomery County. She was charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.
Upon completion of the program she will be placed on five years community control. She was also fined $400 and assessed court costs.
• Samantha K. Peterson, 23, at large, was also ordered to jail and onto the MonDay Program on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She will also be placed on five years of community control, was fined $200, and assessed court costs.
She was arrested on Jan. 22 with Methamphetamine.
• Izaac James Millhouse, 24, 820 Taft St., was sentenced to 60 days in the Shelby County Jail on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, an unclassified third-degree misdemeanor. He was also ordered to forfeit his 2003 Nissan Altima due to three OVI convictions within the last 10 years. His driver’s license was suspended for two years. When he is permitted to drive again, he must use the Interlock ignition system on his vehicle plus have restrictive license plates. He was also ordered to successfully complete drug and alcohol counseling.
• Keven Revolt, 30, Wapakoneta, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony during his final pretrial hearing. He faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.
He was arrested on Jan. 9 in possession of Fentanyl.
• Michael S. Hunter, 58, 161 State Route 362, Fort Loramie, was ordered to the county jail on a probation violation. He will spend 120 days in jail participating in the work release program beginning May 17.
The violation was one charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor. He attempted to flee police officers on March 19, 2017.
• Marques Jamar Smith, 31, 500 N. Vandemark Road Apt. 85, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested for selling cocaine four times in June.
He faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.
• Rickey Reed, 43, 310 Enterprise Drive, entered a guilty plea to a count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during his recent final pretrial hearing. He was arrested on Nov. 17. Prosecutors also agreed not to file additional charges.
He faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.