Sidney teen nets 3 years in prison for burglary


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A Sidney teenager will spend the next three years in the state prison system on a burglary charge after his probation orders were revoked due to his repeated non-compliance.

The case was one of several heard in Shelby County Common Pleas Court recently.

Jacob Wade, 19, 607 N. Main Ave., was originally sentenced for burglary, a third-degree felony, by being placed on five years of community control. He was also ordered to obtain drug and alcohol counseling, gain employment, pay court costs, and, have no contact with his co-defendants.

Online court records show that on Jan. 18 Wade left the Shelby House Recovery Home without permission and did not return. On Jan. 25, he did not complete a substance abuse assessment, according to probation officials.

Judge James Stevenson ordered Wade serve 36 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) imposing the original sentencing guidelines due to the probation violations.

On May 26, Wade and three others entered a home at 843 Meri Lane to purposely inflict physical harm on someone.

Franklin L. Lee, 63, 624 Park St., was sentenced to 24 months with the ODRC on two counts of trafficking in drugs, both fifth-degree felonies, during his final pretrial hearing.

Stevenson imposed a 12-month sentence on each count to be served consecutively, or one after the other. However, it will run concurrently (at the same time) with a previous 11-month sentence on a charge of possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, following a Nov. 30 jury trial.

Melissa Copeland, 35, 18133 State Route 119, Maplewood, was sentenced to 11 months in the ODRC Marysville Reformatory for Women on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

She was arrested Oct. 30 in possession of Methamphetamine.

Guilty plea for 2013 sex crime

Thomas M. Hutchins, 62, incarcerated, pleaded guilty to a charge of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, during his final pretrial. The case dated back to 2013, according to court records.

The indictment indicates Hutchins engaged in sexual conduct with a female under the age of 12 years old from June 12 through Dec. 31, 2013. He was indicted on Aug. 13, 2015.

When sentenced on May 2, Hutchins faces a maximum sentence of 60 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. He is expected to be declared a Tier II sex offender requiring him to register with authorities every 180 days for 25 years.

He remains incarcerated at the Shelby County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

A city man faces 30 months in prison and a $10,500 fine when sentenced for another in a long list of drunken driving convictions.

Donald R. Mills Jr., of 832 Spruce Ave., pleaded guilty to a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a fourth-degree felony, during his final pretrial recently. It’s his sixth such conviction in the past 20 years.

He was arrested on Dec. 30 and refused to be tested for alcohol consumption. Court records show 120 days in jail is mandatory, but further time should be presumed.

In other cases:

• Charlie R. Browning, 46, 306 ½ N. Main Ave., entered a guilty plea to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during a status conference. He had been arrested with Methamphetamine on Dec. 14.

When sentenced he faces a maximum of 30 months in prison and a $7,500 fine.

• Nichole L. Neal, 41, Springfield, Ohio, was sentenced to five years of community control. She was also ordered to obtain drug, alcohol and mental health counseling, was fined $200 and assessed court costs.

She was arrested Aug. 6 with Methamphetamine.

• Jesse M. Fitzgerald, 36, pleaded guilty of attempted possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor, during a status conference. When sentenced he faces a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

He was arrested Nov. 23 with heroin.

• Edwin S. Knox II, 13952 Lochard Road, Anna, pleaded guilty to a charge of passing a bad check, a fourth-degree felony, during his final pretrial. On Aug. 9, he wrote an $18,000 check to John R. Lloyd Construction knowing the account did not have sufficient funds.

When sentenced he faces a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

• Michael Corner, 43, 108 Canal St., aggravated possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies, did not appear for his final pretrial. Stevenson ordered his bond be forfeited and gave the bonding company until May 3 to produce him in court.

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.