Sidney man, roommate, sentenced


Case regarding injury to child

By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A 21-year-old Sidney man has received a second prison sentence from the local court. This case is regarding injuries sustained by an infant. He was imprisoned on theft-related charges when sentenced recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Judge James Stevenson also adjudicated cases involving his co-defendant in two cases. Other felony cases were ruled upon recently.

Blake Owen Stephens, 21, 303 N. West Ave., was sentenced to 11 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) on a charge of attempted child endangering, a fifth-degree felony. The term will be served consecutive to his current sentence.

Stephens is currently serving 18 months with the ODRC on charges of theft, a fifth-degree felony, and, safecracking, a fourth-degree felony stemming from a Dec. 22, 2016, break-in at a Fort Loramie residence.

According to online court records, prosecutors claimed that on March 29 Stephens “administered excessive physical disciplinary measures to an infant child causing bruising to face, lip, arm, chest, back, and neck areas, and hemorrhage to eyes, all of which created a substantial risk of serious physical harm.”

There was no available information regarding the location and identity of the victim or parents.

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

On Aug. 6, Roe entered a guilty plea to a charge of attempted obstruction of justice, a first-degree misdemeanor through a plea agreement with prosecutors. On Sept. 20, she was sentenced to 120 days in the Shelby County Jail.

In the second case heard that same day, Roe received 90 days in jail for a probation violation. She was originally found guilty of theft, a fifth-degree felony, and safecracking, a fourth-degree felony, in a case linked to Stephens.

Stevenson issued an arrest warrant for Matthew Cooper, 30, 515 Sycamore St., when he failed to appear for his sentencing. The judge also revoked Cooper’s $5,000 bond.

Cooper was found guilty for having a weapon while under disability, a third-degree felony. He was found with a handgun when arrested on May 7. He has two previous convictions and is not permitted to have a weapon.

In other cases:

• Gregory D. Russell, 43, 825 Spruce Ave., was sentenced to two prison terms in separate cases. The sentences will be served concurrently, or at the same time.

Russell received 17 months with the ODRC on a charge of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony. He was found guilty of striking another inmate at the Shelby County Jail causing the victim to sustain a concussion.

He also was sentenced to 11 months in prison, on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested Oct. 25 in possession of methamphetamine.

• Jeremy D. Shoe, 37, 615 Easy St., was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail on a charge of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor. He reportedly physically harmed a female household member on March 24.

The court noted Shoe also has two previous domestic violence convictions in Miami County.

• Merando D. Oldham, 43, 114 Kossuth St., was placed on five years of community control on a charge of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was also fined $200 and assessed court costs. He was ordered to obtain drug and alcohol counseling.

• Lorenzo Reed, 34, Inkster, Michigan, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, a second-degree felony, during his final pretrial. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison and a $5,000 fine when sentenced Nov. 27.

Case regarding injury to child

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.