2 Sidney men sentenced to prison


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A 21-year-old city man has been sentenced to three years in prison on a 2015 conviction triggered by his recent probation violation.

Another Sidney man received an 18-month prison term in cases heard recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Cody Lowe, 21, 209 ½ E. North St., was ordered to serve 36 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) on a conviction of burglary, a third -degree felony. He was given 359 days jail credit for already having been incarcerated.

Lowe appeared before Judge James Stevenson on a probation violation for the burglary case. He was found guilty in the admission of taking drugs on April 9. He was convicted of a July 8, 2015, break-in at a neighbor’s home. He and a juvenile were found to have taken guns and video games.

• Another 21-year-old city man was ordered to serve 18 months with the ODRC on charges of theft, a fifth-degree felony, and, safecracking, a fourth-degree felony.

Blake Owen Stephens, 21, 303 N. West Ave., was convicted on the charges stemming to a Dec. 22, 2016, break-in at a Fort Loramie residence. He was placed on community control sanctions but was found guilty of violating his probation.

According to online court records, Stephens failed to appear for a meeting with his probation officer on April 25. The following day Stephens admitted he was not staying at his reported address, had been terminated from his employment for failing to show up for work, and was found to test positive for THC.

Stephens was sentenced to 18 months in prison on the safecracking charge and 12 months on the theft charge. The terms will be served concurrently, or at the same time.

In another case, Stephens has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangerment, a third-degree felony. He is accused of injuring an infant.

His then-roommate, Tiffany Ann Roe, 28, was indicted for obstruction of justice, a fifth-degree felony. She allegedly gave misleading statements and attempted to conceal the location of Stephens during the child endangerment investigation on March 29.

• John George Habib, 43, Akron, Ohio, was sentenced to 120 days in the Shelby County Jail on a count of attempted aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor.

He was arrested on Jan. 14 in possession of fentanyl.

• Gary W. Moses, 36, 411 Lindsey Road, was found competent to face a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested on Sept. 27 with Methamphetamine.

In a plea agreement, Moses pleaded guilty to the charge. When sentenced on June 26, he faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

• Lucas Schutte, 36, Dayton, Ohio, received five years community control on a charge of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. He was also ordered to pay a $400 fine, was assessed court costs, and directed to complete drug and alcohol counseling.

• Megan E. Myers, 25, 13844 Sharp Road, was placed on five years of community control on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was also ordered to pay a $200 fine, assessed the court costs, and directed to complete drug and alcohol counseling.

• Lindsay Haynes, 30, 720 Countryside Lane Apt. 10, failed to appear for her probation violation hearing on May 3. The judge forfeited her bond and ordered the bonding company to present Haynes in the courtroom by June 22.

• The SDN is republishing information on three cases ruled upon May 3 to clarify the details of the sentences issued in court.

In a multi-case sentencing, Krista A. Elliott, 25, 54 Eastview Drive Apt. C, was ordered to serve 27 months at the Marysville Reformatory for Women in three separate cases.

Elliott had previously 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 on the grand theft charge and 12 months on the trafficking conviction. The sentences will be served concurrently, or at the same time.

According to online records, Elliott violated her probation on the cases by testing positive for drug use, failing to report to her probation officer, and for failing to stay at her registered address.

In a third case, she pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was sentenced to nine months with the ODRC. That sentence will run consecutively or following the jail terms in the first two cases.

She has also been ordered to pay $2,123 in restitution.

By Jim Painter

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.