In hearings Wednesday in Highland County Common Pleas Court, two defendants were sentenced, three others pleaded guilty and await sentencing, and one was granted judicial release to the STAR program.
Joshua J. Dettwiller, 22, was granted judicial release to the STAR program.
Judge Rocky Coss said a bed at the treatment facility would not be available until March and that Dettwiller would remain incarcerated until that time.
During the hearing, initiated by the defendant without benefit of an attorney, Dettwiller told the judge that he had used his time in prison to better himself, having received his GED, and that he has attended parenting classes. He also told the judge he was hoping to be referred to STAR for treatment, which the state did not object to.
Dettwiller was sentenced to 24 months in prison last May for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony.
Once released, Dettwiller will have to successfully complete the treatment program as well as any recommended aftercare or he could face returning to prison.
In another matter, Donte S. Captain, 18, of Hillsboro, and Dresan S. Mathis, 19, of Washington C.H., were each sentenced to three years community control for third-degree felony burglary.
While prosecutor Anneka Collins said the victim requested terms of prison for both, she said the underlying circumstances of the case are “extraordinary.”
That was reiterated by Captain’s attorney, Allyce Horne, as well as Mathis’ attorney, Bill Armintrout, who both said the defendants knew the victim and the items taken from the residence, which were later returned, were things that they had permission to use in the past. They also said that the defendants had been to the residence at other times with permission.
While the judge gave the defendants probation instead of prison, Coss told them both that the offense is a “very serious matter” and any violations of probation will likely result in prison.
Neither defendant has a criminal history and both have been compliant with the terms of their pretrial supervision. Both were sentenced to three years community control. Additionally, Captain was ordered to continue in counseling, and be assessed by FRS and follow any recommended treatment.
In other hearings, three defendants pleaded guilty and await sentencing at a later date.
Ryan Skaggs, 39, of Greenfield, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.
Skaggs will be sentenced on Feb. 14 following the completion of a presentence investigation.
Coss said that per the plea agreement, the state would not be opposed to community control sanctions.
A request by Skaggs’ attorney for an O.R. bond was denied by Coss because Skaggs is currently in custody of the county jail due to a bench warrant issued when he failed to appear for a November hearing in common pleas court. The judge said an O.R. bond was not appropriate, but he did lower Skaggs’ bond to $1,000.
Camry M. Lower, 25, of Washington C.H., pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.
A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for next month.
Coss said the plea agreement stated the state would not oppose community control.
Donald L. McKenzie, 37, of Hillsboro, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.
McKenzie will be sentenced next month after the completion of a presentence investigation.
In other court news, Justin Nunn, 28, of Hillsboro, pleaded guilty on Monday by a bill of information to second-degree felony burglary.
Nunn was sentenced to three years in prison and will face three years of post-release control following the completion of the prison term.