Prison terms handed to defendants


Marijuana case amended

By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – Three people have received multiple prison terms on drug and theft charges in Shelby County Common Pleas Court recently. Also, a local man who supplied marijuana to a minor has pleaded guilty to amended charges.

The cases were among several adjudicated by Judge James Stevenson.

Megan C. Smith, 38, Piqua, had her original sentenced reinstated when her probation was revoked for several violations. It was her second time to be discharged from community control. She had previously been pulled from the program when she was terminated from drug and alcohol counseling.

Stevenson sentenced her to 18 months on each count of three charges of theft of drugs, all fourth-degree felonies. She was found guilty to stealing drugs from a person in Sidney in August 2016.

She was ordered to serve the sentences with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) Marysville Reformatory for Women concurrently, or at the same time.

Melody R. Brandts, 28, Celina, was sentenced to nearly two years at the Marysville prison in two cases that involved multiple probation violations.

She was sentenced to 12 months in prison on a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was arrested on June 22 in possession of heroin. She also received 11 months for attempted failure to appear, a fifth-degree felony. She failed to appear for her sentencing in the previous case on March 8, 2018.

The sentences will be served consecutively, one after the other.

Cory J. Arbogast Jr., 27, incarcerated, was sentenced to 11 months in prison on counts of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drugs, and possessing criminal tools, all fifth-degree felonies. He will serve the sentences concurrently.

He was arrested on Sept. 27 in possession of morphine and heroin.

Marijuana to a minor

Andrew Brandewie, 34, 219 ½ S. West Ave., pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted corrupting another with drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was found guilty of furnishing marijuana to a juvenile. When sentenced he faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

He was indicted on Feb. 21 being accused of supplying the drug to the juvenile during January. The state pharmacy board also suspended his license to purchase medical marijuana.

Brandy N. Lesley, 27, 5886 State Route 29 E., was ordered to spend 180 days in the Shelby County Jail when her probation was revoked for testing positive for drug use. She will report to the jail on May 16 and participate in the work release program.

The original charge was attempted illegal use of supplemental nutrition or WIC program benefits a first-degree misdemeanor. She accepted $862 in benefits illegally between June 15 and Dec. 31, 2015.

Jesse M. Fitzgerald, 36, incarcerated, was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail on a count of attempted possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. The sentence will be served consecutively, one of the other, with a sentence imposed by Sidney Municipal Court.

He was arrested Nov. 23 with heroin.

Giovanni E. Ruiu, 24, London Correctional Institution, was sentenced to 90 days in jail on a charge of attempted aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was arrested Oct. 9 in possession of Methamphetamine.

The sentence will be served concurrently with an 11-month term in another Shelby County conviction of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Daveonta K. Reid, 22, Eastpointe, Michigan, was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail on charges of possession of drugs and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, both fourth-degree felonies. He was arrested Nov. 8 in possession of hashish with a firearm in the vehicle.

He was also placed on five years of community control, which will be transferred to Michigan probation authorities. He was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $175 and assessed court costs. Stevenson also ordered his handgun be destroyed.

Austin A. Suthers, 19, Piqua, was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail on a charge of aggravated trespass, a first-degree felony. He was also fined $200 and assessed court costs. The jail term will be suspended if all fines and costs are paid within 30 days.

On Dec. 1, he trespassed at a home with someone present.

Marijuana case amended

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.