Burglary charge nets city man 17-month prison term; court no-shows sought


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – A 23-year-old city man was sentenced to 17 months in prison for breaking into a home and stealing a gaming system.

Jail time was also handed out to several others recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Devon Brown, 23, of Sidney, was convicted on a charge of attempted burglary, a fourth-degree felony. He was also fined $300 and assessed court costs by Judge James Stevenson.

On Sept. 1, Brown broke into a home at 833 Clinton Ave., and stole a video gaming system.

Alfonso Macias Jr., 20, 301 W. State St., Botkins, was sentenced to 12 months in prison on a charge of conviction of attempted failing to provide a change of address, a fifth-degree felony. He had an attempted sexual battery charge conviction as a juvenile and is required to continue to register as a sex offender.

Court records indicate Macias failed to report to his probation officer, and, did not attend mental health and drug/alcohol counseling.

Michael W. Engle, 32, 229 S. Brooklyn Ave., received prison terms in two fifth-degree felony cases. He was sentenced to 11 months with the ODRC on a charge of possession of drugs, and another six months for attempted failure to appear in court.

The prison terms will be served consecutively with the 11-month sentence being served first.

Maria Huffman, 30, incarcerated, was ordered to the Shelby County Jail on a probation violation on a conviction for attempted tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony. She will remain jailed until transferred to the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation (WORTH) Center in Lima.

Nijal Waldroop, 804 Clinton Ave., was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail on a charge of child endangering, a first-degree misdemeanor. He will participate the facility’s work release program beginning April 25.

Upon his release, he will be placed on five years community control. He was also ordered to complete drug and alcohol counseling. He was charged for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Defendants fail to appear

Several people failed to appear in court last week. They are now being sought by authorities.

Aimee Megan Chenoweth, 28, Huntington, Indiana, failed to appear for her probation violation hearing. Stevenson ordered her $10,000 bond revoked and issued a warrant for her arrest.

She was convicted on a charge of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.

Roger Gibson Jr., 27, 1200 S. Kuther Road, failed to appear for his sentencing on April 9 on a charge of attempted burglary, a fifth-degree felony. He had also filed to appear in court on Feb. 5 for his final pretrial hearing.

Stevenson revoked his $2,500 bond and issued a warrant for his arrest. He is charged for allegedly breaking into an apartment at 803 ½ S. Main Ave. on Oct. 1.

Mark Wita, 40, 323 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, did not show for his final pretrial hearing on Wednesday, on a charge of possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.

Stevenson issued a warrant for his arrest.

Keesha D. Powers-Wood, 26, 106 Pike St., Anna, failed to appear for a probation violation hearing on a charge of attempted permitting drug abuse, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Stevenson stated the bonding company has until June 1 to produce her in court.

In other cases:

• Dionte Findley, 22, 746 N. Main Ave., pleaded guilty to amended charges of possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies, during a hearing on a treatment plan.

He faces a maximum of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine when sentenced.

• Montana Robbins, 24, 123 Walnut St., entered a guilty plea to attempted aggravated assault and assault, both fifth-degree felonies, during a recent status conference.

She was accused of pushing a woman to the ground resulting in the victim suffering a broken hip on Dec. 17, and for striking a probation officer on Dec. 18 while handcuffed at the sheriff’s office.

• Tammy Renee Snyder, 53, Greenville, Ohio, received five years of community control, fined $200 and assessed court costs on a charge of forgery, a fifth-degree felony.

She had signed another’s name to documents to gain financial aid from Liberty University.

• Wesley Conaster, 28, 505 N. Main Ave., pleaded guilty to a charge of safecracking, a fourth-degree felony, during a final pretrial hearing Wednesday. He faces a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. He also agreed to pay $50 in restitution.

On Nov. 30, Conaster broke into a safe owned by Jesse Yates of Sidney. He also accepted personal checks belonging to Yates that he knew were stolen.

• Angela Fitzgerald, 50, at large, pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during a final pretrial hearing. She was arrested April 9, 2017, with fentanyl.

She faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $2,500 fine when sentenced on May 29.

• Christopher P. Depinet, 38, 514 Second Ave., was placed on five years of community control on two counts of possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies. He must also complete drug and alcohol counseling, was fined $200 and assessed court costs.

• Robert D. Case, 46, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during a final pretrial hearing. He was arrested with fentanyl on Sept. 14.

He faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine when sentenced on May 29.

• Harold Jesus Cerda Jr., 29, Lansing, Michigan, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, during plea negotiations at his status conference. He was arrested Dec. 4 with marijuana in his possession.

He faces a maximum jail term of a year in prison and a $2,500 fine when he is sentenced on May 29.

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.