Woman sentenced to prison on drug trafficking charges


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@sidneydailynews.com



SIDNEY – A woman will spend two-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty in Shelby County Common Pleas Court to a pair of felony charges of trafficking in drugs.

On Feb. 1 Judge James F. Stevenson sentenced Casey O. Hughes, 38, to two 15 month sentences with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Hughes pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs and aggravated trafficking in drugs, both of which are fourth degree felonies. She will serve the terms consecutively, meaning one after the other.

Hughes was convicted of selling fentanyl in the vicinity of a school on Aug. 28, 2019, and selling methamphetamine on Nov. 13, 2019.

Three other charges, each fifth degree felonies for selling fentanyl, were dismissed.

Along with the 30 month prison sentence, Hughes was ordered to serve up to three years of probation following her release. She also is required to pay the cost of prosecution, which totals $1,717.40.

Hughes was granted credit for 36 days served at the Shelby County Jail.

In other actions:

• Carlos Hank-Antonio Cortez, 25, was released from custody Feb. 5 after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

Cortez pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth degree felony. Prosecutors dropped three additional charges, receiving stolen property, a fifth degree felony, resisting arrest, a second degree misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs of abuse, a first degree misdemeanor.

Cortez was sentenced to six months in prison. However, he was granted credit for 198 days already served in jail and thus released from custody.

Cortez was ordered to serve up to three years of probation following his release. He also is required to pay the cost of prosecution, which totals $887.

• Shacon Michael Barnes, 27, was taken into custody and ordered to serve 18 months in prison for a probation violation stemming from a charge of attempted trafficking in drugs, a fourth degree felony, and endangering children, a first degree misdemeanor.

• Tiffany Campbell, 34, was taken into custody and ordered to serve 12 months in prison for a probation violation stemming from a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth degree felony.

• Rosemarie S. Hensley, 41, had her probation revoked and was ordered to serve 180 days in the Shelby County Jail after she was found to have violated the terms of her community control sanctions. Hensley pleaded guilty in February 2020 to a charge of attempted possession of drugs, a first degree misdemeanor.

• Tony R. Blankenship, 55, was ordered to continue his community control sanctions and to serve 45 days in the Shelby County Jail on the bracelet program after he was found to have violated his parole. Blankenship is serving five years of community control stemming from an August 2018 guilty plea to a charge of trespass in a habitation, a fourth degree felony.

• Hayley O’Reilly, 21, was ordered to continue her community control sanctions and to serve 45 days in the Shelby County Jail on the bracelet program after she was found to have violated her parole. O’Reilly is serving five years of community control stemming from an April 2019 guilty plea to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth degree felony.

By Kyle Shaner

kshaner@sidneydailynews.com

Reach the writer at kshaner@sidneydailynews.com or 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at kshaner@sidneydailynews.com or 937-538-4824.