Grandmother pleads guilty


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A Jackson Center area grandmother has pleaded guilty to a charge that stems from her harboring her grandson from returning to the county jail following the funeral of his son.

Cases involving vehicle thefts and weapons possession were among felony cases heard recently in Shelby County Common Plea Court

Robin L. Gross, 65, 19245 Botkins Road, Jackson Center pleaded to the charge of attempted obstruction of justice, a first-degree misdemeanor, as part of plea negotiations with state prosecutors. She admitted to lying to deputies about Sean D. Carr, 23, 1409 N. Main Ave., hiding in her home.

Carr entered a guilty plea to a charge of escape, a third-degree felony.

According to online court records, Carr asked for a one-day furlough from serving time at the Shelby County Jail to attend his son’s funeral on June 22. Documents show that Carr was released at 8 a.m. that morning and ordered to return to jail by 4 p.m.

Shortly before 4 p.m., deputies received a telephone call stating Carr would not be returning to the facility, but his location was not known. Area authorities were notified of Carr’s escape, but he was located shortly afterwards.

According to court records, when deputies arrived at Gross’ home, she denied him being there. Once he was found hiding in the house, Gross indicated she knew he was in the bedroom.

When sentenced, Gross faces a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Carr faces a maximum of 36 months in prison and a $7,500 fine. State prosecutors agreed to remain silent at the time of Carr’s sentencing.

Carr was returned to jail being incarcerated on probation violation offenses, and a separate escape charge.

On April 29, Carr was sentenced to five years of community control on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested Nov. 30 with Methamphetamine.

Carr was ordered to be confined at the county jail until he is able to be enrolled in the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation (WORTH) treatment program in Lima during his probation violation bond hearing.

On June 13, left the WORTH center and was charged with escape.

Devin S. Napier, 26, at large, may also get an opportunity to attend the WORTH program as part of a case negotiated with prosecutors.

Napier pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, a third-degree felony, and grand theft of motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, during a recent status conference.

When sentenced, Napier faces a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine on the grand theft charge and 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine for the robbery conviction. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend the WORTH program, if he qualifies.

Authorities report Napier took a 1994 Dodge pickup truck without permission. On July 17, he struck a man and pushed him from his vehicle at 634 S. Miami Ave., then taking it, causing him injury.

He will be sentenced on Nov. 12.

Jarreth V. Hall, 20, 121 Queen St., pleaded guilty to a charge of having a weapon while under disability, a third-degree felony. He was arrested May with a .380 caliber handgun. A burglary conviction as a juvenile prevented him from possessing a weapon.

When sentenced he face a maximum of 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Chauncey E. Dunigan, 23, Cincinnati, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony. He was arrested May 29 in possession of marijuana.

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

Michele Shonta Cole, 36, Eastpointe, Michigan, entered a guilty plea to a charge of attempted possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. She will forfeit a handgun and 50 percent of $5,975 cash that were seized.

She was arrested June 26 with marijuana and faces a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Joshua Shields, 31, 5884 State Route 29 E., pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine.

He was arrested April 26 with cocaine.

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.