Prison terms handed down in drug, burglary cases


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A city man received 34 months in prison for his conviction on drug trafficking charges. Another man has been handed an 18-month sentence for a burglary conviction in cases heard recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Milford Merle Browning, 36, 781 N. Wagner St., was sentenced to 17 months with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) on each of two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both fourth-degree felonies.

Judge James Stevenson ruled the terms be served consecutively, or one after the other.

Online court records indicate Browning’s criminal history factored into the sentencing terms. He was arrested Jan. 28 selling Methamphetamine.

Gregory E. Johnson, 31, incarcerated, was sentenced to 18 months with the ODRC on a charge of burglary, a third-degree felony. He was also ordered to repay $393.99 in restitution.

On July 21, Johnson broke into 624 W. North St., with the resident present.

Rebecca D. Brussell, 39, 12059 State Route 362, Minster, was sentenced to prison on two charges that will be served concurrently, or at the same time.

She was ordered to serve 17 months at the ODRC Marysville Reformatory for Women for attempted robbery, a fourth-degree felony. On Aug. 26, she and others injured a man in an attempt to steal his phone.

She was also sentenced to 11 months on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was arrested July 11 with Methamphetamine.

Joe Davis III, 32, at large, was ordered to serve 12 month with the ODRC on a charge of attempted failure to provide a change of address, a fourth-degree felony.

On May 4, Davis failed to notify the county sheriff of a change of address. Records note that Davis has previous related convictions in Miami and Montgomery counties.

Charles M. Tingley, 36, 2301 Campbell Road, was sentenced to 180 days in the Shelby County Jail and assessed court costs on a charge of attempted possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was credited with 88 days for time already served.

He was arrested Dec. 8 with Fentanyl.

Gary L. Withrow Jr., 51, at large, pleaded guilty to three charges in a plea negotiated resolution during a final pretrial hearing. Combined, he faces a maximum sentence of 66 months in prison and a $17,500 fine.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, third and fourth-degree felonies, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

In other plea negotiated cases:

• Curtis Copeland, 46, 225 Queen St., aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested July 22 with Methamphetamine.

• Jeremiah Wilson, 39, 806 S. Main Ave., aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony. It was agreed that an 18-month prison sentenced would be recommended. He was arrested July 23 with Methamphetamine.

• Patrick LeMaster, 52, 107 W. South St., aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony. It was agreed state prosecutors would not ask for prison time. He was arrested Sept. 11 after he shoved a female to the floor fracturing her pelvis.

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.