Nichols sentenced to 36 months in prison for two charges


By Charlotte Caldwell - [email protected]



SIDNEY — The Shelby County Common Pleas Court recently handed down several sentences for drug possession and trafficking, forgery and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, among other charges.

Darren A. Nichols, 40, of Sidney, was sentenced to 36 months in prison with zero days of jail credit and up to two years of discretionary post-release control. He is also ordered to pay restitution of $2,801.51 to the city of Sidney and his driver’s license was suspended for three years. This is because of one charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and one charge of aggravated possession of drugs, both third-degree felonies. In a jury trial on May 10 and 11, the jury found Nichols guilty on both of these charges.

Paul A. Chambers, 51, of Sidney, was sentenced to five years of community control with zero days of jail credit and completion of drug and alcohol counseling and the Thinking for a Change program. Chambers was also fined $200. This was because of one charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Chambers was initially indicted on the same charge for having cocaine and possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, for having a straw used to abuse cocaine, but the latter charge was dismissed.

Rodney J. Woods Jr., 28, of Dayton, was sentenced to five years of community control with three days of jail credit and completion of drug and alcohol counseling. He must also maintain employment and pay a $693.62 restitution to Sidney Foodtown. This was because of one charge of forgery, a fifth-degree felony. He was initially indicted on two charges of forgery, both fifth-degree felonies, for cashing one fraudulent check for $496.80 and another for $196.82 at Sidney Foodtown, but the latter charge was dismissed.

Joseph H. Honeycutt, 38, of Sidney, was sentenced to nine months in prison with 14 days of jail credit and discretionary post-release control of up to two years for one charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Honeycutt was initially indicted on the same charge for having methamphetamine and possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, for having bags to store methamphetamine in, but the latter charge was dismissed.

Tony Dontel Whitfield Warren, 30, of Sidney, was sentenced to five years of community control with zero days of jail credit and completion of WORTH or another CBCF and the Thinking for a Change program for aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony. Warren was initially indicted on the same charge, a first-degree felony, for preparing over 50 grams of Synthetic Cannabinoid Pharmacaphore for transport and resale.

Natasha Lee Seitz, 34, of Sidney, was sentenced to five years of community control with 86 days of jail credit and treatment at WORTH or other CBCF. Seitz must also obtain a GED. This was because of attempted failure to appear, a fifth-degree felony. Seitz was initially indicted on the same charge, a fourth-degree felony, for failing to report to a status conference for a prior case on March 9, 2022. For the case in which she failed to appear, Seitz was sentenced to no more than five years of community control with 27 days of jail credit and was ordered to pay a $702.57 restitution for attempted forgery, a first-degree misdemeanor. Seitz was initially indicted on telecommunications fraud, a fifth-degree felony, for using the Chase online banking app to cash a victim’s payroll check of $702.57, and forgery, a fifth-degree felony, for forging the victim’s signature on the check, but the former charge was dismissed.

By Charlotte Caldwell

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.