Prison for three defendants


Four placed on community control

By Sarah Allen - For The Times-Gazette



A total of three defendants were sentenced to prison this week in Highland County Common Pleas Court.

According to records, Brian Swisshelm, 37, Hillsboro, entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced on fifth-degree felony trafficking in heroin. He was initially indicted on that charge in 2014, records show.

Swisshelm was sentenced to 11 months in prison. Records also show that in August, Swisshelm’s community control in a separate case was revoked. He was sentenced to 12 months on that case for fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property.

Prison was also ordered for Ricky Burton, 45, Hillsboro. Records show that Burton pled guilty to third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Records state that the sentence is to run consecutively with a prior Brown County sentence.

Thomas G. Keaton, 45, Cynthiana, also entered a plea of guilty, according to records. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison on third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

In other cases, four defendants were placed on community control. All will be under such sanctions for three years and must also complete recommended treatment programs. Records show that those defendants are:

• Cora C. Cox, 34, West Union, for fifth-degree felony possession of heroin;

• Steven D. Fraley, 46, Hillsboro, for fifth-degree felonies of receiving stolen property and possession of heroin;

• Joshua Miller, 35, Mount Orab, for fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs;

• Jason Levi Curry, 24, Leesburg, for fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs.

Four placed on community control

By Sarah Allen

For The Times-Gazette

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