SIDNEY – A 2017 drug-related case has been resolved with a Kentucky man being sentenced to two years in the Ohio state prison system after his out-of-state prison term is completed. He is currently serving an 18-year sentence in the state of Kentucky on robbery and drug charges.
Other cases involving illegal drug activity, fraud and assault were also adjudicated recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.
Donald Paul Vanwinkle, 48, was sentenced on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony. He was also fined a state mandatory $7,500.
Vanwinkle will begin serving the Ohio sentence when he completes his current incarceration at the Lee Adjustment Center, a prison in Beattyville, Kentucky.
He will first become eligible for parole in 2027, according to Kentucky Department of Corrections online records.
Convicted in Kentucky in February and May, Vanwinkle is serving the 18 years on three counts of robbery, two first-degree counts and one second-degree felony count, plus a first-degree felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance. He committed the crimes in July and August of 2017.
Nearly three years ago in Shelby County, on Jan. 13, 2017, he was driving south on Interstate 75 when he was detained in a traffic stop just north of Sidney. Authorities discovered Vanwinkle had 1,044 Oxycodone tablets and Alprazolam, both controlled substances.
He was released on a $10,000 bond, secured by 10 percent cash.
On Sept. 8, 2017, Vanwinkle failed to appear in court for a pretrial hearing. His bond was revoked and forfeited to the state. A warrant for his arrest was issued.
In other cases:
• Albert D. Holbert II, 41, incarcerated, was sentenced to 11 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on a charge of forgery, a fifth-degree felony. On March 2, he presented a fraudulent check belonging to another person to Minster State Bank in Sidney in the amount of $3,310.
• Brandon Hicks, 29, St. Marys, pleaded guilty to attempted having a weapon while under disability, a fourth-degree felony. Prosecutors agreed to recommend community control sanctions at the time of sentencing.
He is facing a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. He was arrested June 11 in possession of a handgun having been convicted in Auglaize County.
• Brooke N. Davis, 26, 2641 Terryhawk Drive, pleaded guilty to two first-degree misdemeanors, assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She was placed on a $2,500 bond. When sentenced she faces a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $2,000 fine.
On June 11, she caused physical injury to the female family member and stole a 1994 Chevy pickup truck.
• Jordan T. Downing, 23, 231 Jefferson St., Quincy, was ordered to the Shelby County Jail until he could be enrolled in the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation program in Lima when sentenced recently. He was also sentenced to five years of community control.
Downing was found guilty on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested Dec. 29 in possession of Methamphetamine.
• Kenneth Warner, 58, Troy, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies. When sentenced he faces a maximum penalty of 24 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
He was arrested May 11 in possession of Methamphetamine.
• Leslie A. Anderson, 51, 1860 Fair Oaks Drive, failed to appear for her sentencing on a charge of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. An arrest warrant was issued.
• Brandon Perry, 25, Piqua, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. When sentenced, he faces a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
He was arrested July 27 with Methamphetamine.
• Nathaniel Craft, 23, 311 Maple St., was sentenced to five years of community control on a charge of failure to notify authorities of a change of address, a fourth-degree felony. He failed to notify officials on April 25 having had previous sex-related convictions.
• Raekown K. James, 22, Redford, Michigan, was ordered to serve 180 days in the county jail on a charge of attempted identify fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was also fined $300.
He was arrested April 7, 2017, with 16 credit and debit cards belonging to other people.
• Tara Cox, 28, 5156 Frazier-Guy Road, was sentenced to 120 days in jail on a charge of attempted escape, a first-degree misdemeanor. On May 23, she fled the jail through the work release program.
• Destiny S.C. Ostermyer, 23, 5952 State Route 29, was placed on five years of community control on a charge of aggravated possession drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was also ordered to successfully completed drug and alcohol counseling.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.