Drug possession, use leads to prison terms for local offenders


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A Barberton, Ohio, man was sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement in drug activity. He was found to have nearly 200 tablets of illicit drugs when arrested.

It was one of several cases ruled on by Shelby County Common Pleas Court Judge James Stevenson recently.

Mike Antonio Sanchez, 21, was found guilty of aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony, in a plea negotiated case. He was found with 195 tablets of Oxymorphone Hydrochloride when he was arrested on Feb. 8.

Authorities stopped Sanchez traveling south on Interstate 75 nearly milepost 99 and discovered the drugs.

A Sidney man was sentenced to 18 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) during a probation revocation hearing recently.

Wesley Conatser, 28, 505 N. Main Ave., was found guilty of the probation violation due to failing a drug test and being in contact with 27 people who are involved with known criminal activity.

He had pleaded guilty to a charge of safecracking, a fourth-degree felony, during a final pretrial hearing. On Nov. 30, Conatser broke into a safe owned by Jesse Yates of Sidney. He also accepted personal checks belonging to Yates that he knew were stolen.

Stevenson also sentenced Thomas McMahon, 36, at large, to 11 months with the ODRC on a charge of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. He had been arrested on March 9 with items used in the use and packaging of drugs.

In other cases:

• Logan Phelps-Braunm, 28, 812 Broadway Ave, received five years of community control on a charge of misuse of a credit card, a fourth-degree felony. She was also ordered to obtain a mental health evaluation, successfully complete the Thinking for a Change program, maintain employment, and make regular restitution payments.

She was ordered to pay $4,531.48 in restitution and was assessed court costs. She had pleaded guilty to taking a credit card from an elderly person and making charges to the card.

• Jason L. Gennaccaro, 46, at large, was sentenced to 127 days in the Shelby County Jail on a charge of attempted forgery, a first-degree misdemeanor, and assessed court costs. He was given 98 days credit for time already served.

He had agreed to a plea agreement during an earlier pretrial.

• Catherine A. Meiring, 37, 223 Brooklyn Ave., was ordered to jail to await her entry into the MonDay program during a probation revocation hearing recently.

She had been placed on five years of probation for attempted illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance, a fifth-degree felony, through a plea agreement reached with prosecutors.

She was ordered to make restitution of $3,054 for wrongfully receiving government benefits from January through October 2016.

• Robert W. Tillman, 20, Cincinnati, was ordered to the county jail to await his transport to the West Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation program in Lima during a probation violation revocation hearing.

He had pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested Feb. 19 allegedly with cocaine.

• Michael J. Hissong, 42, Adrian, Michigan, entered a guilty plea to a charge of possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, during a recent status conference. He will be sentenced on Sept. 11.

• Mark Crim Jr., 29, Detroit, Michigan, entered a guilty plea to a charge of identity fraud, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested on April 11 with another person’s credit card and identification items.

His sentencing has not been scheduled.

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,