Sidney woman sentenced to 53 months in prison


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@sidneydailynews.com



SIDNEY – A 23-year-old Sidney woman was sentenced to almost four-and-a-half years in prison on charges involving drug trafficking.

Judge James F. Stevenson sentenced Haley Paige Elliott. 23, of Sidney, to 47 months in prison on charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth degree felony, trafficking in drugs, a fifth degree felony, and aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony. As part of a plea deal, two additional charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both fourth degree felonies, and two additional charges of trafficking in drugs, both fifth degree felonies, were dismissed.

Elliott was sentenced to 17 months in prison for the first aggravated trafficking in drugs charge and 11 months for the trafficking in drugs charge, terms that will be served concurrently, meaning at the same time. She was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the other aggravated trafficking in drugs charge and will serve that term consecutive to the other terms, meaning one after the other.

After her release from prison, Elliott will serve up to three years of probation. She also was ordered to pay court costs.

In another case, Elliott was sentenced to six months in prison on an amended charge of attempted failure to appear, a fifth degree felony. She will serve that sentence consecutive to her other sentences, bringing her total sentence to 53 months in prison.

Elliott previously was charged with failure to appear, a fourth degree felony, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge March 17. The charge stemmed from her sentencing in the aforementioned trafficking cases.

Elliott was ordered to serve up to three years of probation in the attempted failure to appear case and was ordered to pay court costs as well.

She was granted credit for 23 days served in jail.

In other actions:

• Zachary Harris, 23, who was in the Shelby County Jail, was sentenced to 11 months in prison on charges of aggravated possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools, both of which are fifth degree felonies. He was sentenced to 11 months in prison on each count and will serve the terms concurrently, meaning at the same time.

After his release from prison, Harris will serve up to three years of probation. He also was ordered to pay court costs.

Harris was granted credit for 43 days served in jail.

• Christine L. Hughes, 50, of Sidney, was sentenced to 90 days in the Shelby County Jail on an amended charge of attempted trafficking in drugs, a first degree misdemeanor. Hughes previously was charged with selling, purchasing, distributing or possessing a dangerous drug, a fourth degree felony, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge Jan. 8.

Hughes also was fined $150 and ordered to pay the cost of prosecution. She was granted credit for one day served in jail.

• Aaron J. Oskowski, 42, of Sidney, was sentenced to five years of probation on two charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both of which are fourth degree felonies. As part of a plea deal, two additional charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, also fourth degree felonies, were dismissed.

Along with probation, Oskowski was ordered to pay $500 in fines, he must maintain employment, he must continue drug and alcohol counseling, and he must pay all costs of prosecution and any supervision fees.

• Timothy Curtis Hess, 41, of Sidney, was sentenced to five years of probation on an amended charge of possession of drugs, a fifth degree felony. Hess previously was charged with a fourth degree felony count of possession of drugs but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge March 4.

Along with probation, Hess was ordered to successfully complete the Serenity House, successfully complete mental health and drug counseling and must pay all costs of prosecution and any supervision fees.

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.