Cooper sentenced to prison


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A city man has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for possessing a weapon when he was legally barred from having one. His previous convictions factored into the ruling.

Change of pleas were also reported among several cases ruled on recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Matthew Cooper, 31, 515 Sycamore Ave., was sentenced to 17 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on a charge of attempted having a weapon while under disability, a fourth-degree felony. He was found with a handgun when arrested on May 7.

Judge James Stevenson ordered the handgun destroyed and gave him 107 days credit for time already served at the Shelby County Jail.

Cooper has two previous convictions for attempted robbery and trafficking in drugs. The court ruled he is not permitted to have a weapon due to those crimes.

Joshua Daniel Wright, 23, 217 N. Miami Ave., entered a guilty plea to one count of importuning, a fifth-degree felony, following plea negotiations with prosecutors during a status conference. He will also be a Tier I sex offender requiring him to register his address with authorities once a year for 15 years.

He was indicted for having sexual contact a 15-year-old girl during July 2017. He was originally charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

When sentenced he faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Other cases include:

*Beau Robert Harrison, 37, Powell, Ohio, pleaded guilty through plea negotiations on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, an unclassified misdemeanor. He was arrested on June 29 while under the influence of alcohol.

Online court records indicate Harrison had a low result alcohol test and it was his third such conviction within 10 years. Records also show when he is sentenced, there is a mandatory 30-day jail term, license suspension of 2 to 12 years, a maximum fine of $2,750 and 12 months in prison.

*Tariq Floyd Esom Hassan Vining, 21, at large, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of theft of a firearm, a third-degree felony. He was found guilty of entering a residence on Aug. 3 at 637 Marilyn Drive and stole a rifle. A person was home asleep during the burglary, court records state.

When sentenced on Dec. 12, he faces a maximum of 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

*Brian Wood, 35, 219 ½ E. Court St., has his $2,500 bond revoked when he failed to appear for his sentencing. Stevenson ordered the bonding company to produce their client to the court by Nov. 16.

He was found guilty of one count of illegal conveyance of a prohibited item onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony. Drug-related items were found on him when arrested April 30 at the county jail.

When sentenced he faces 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

*Nathan D. Blackford, 34, 12099 Walnut Drive, Minster, pleaded guilty to forgery, a fifth-degree felony, during a recent status conference. When sentenced he will ordered to pay restitution, and, faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Blackford admitted to cashing a fraudulent check at Minster State Bank, 117 W. Russell Road on June 29.

*Nathan Wayne Marlow, 35, 917 S. Walnut St., was sentenced to 5 years community control on a charge of attempted trespass in a habitation, a fifth-degree felony. He was convicted of trespassing at a home at 14588 Sharp Road.

Stevenson ordered him to obtain drug and alcohol counseling, successfully complete the Thinking for a Change program, and, fined him $300 while assessing him the court costs.

*Anthony Ryan Thomas, 19, 12596 Kirkwood Road, was granted a request for him to obtain rehabilitation counseling in lieu of conviction.

Stevenson is suspending his sentencing on four counts of attempted aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, until the results of the counseling are received by the court. If successfully completed the case will be dismissed.

He was found guilty of selling Methamphetamine on four different dates. He faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine on each count.

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.