A Hillsboro man is facing a felony for receiving stolen property after allegedly pawning a guitar owned by a relative.
An affidavit filed with Hillsboro Municipal Court stated that a deputy with the Highland County Sheriff’s Office met with the alleged victim on Monday.
At that time, she reported that “her 1957 Les Paul Guitar had gone missing and the only people that had the opportunity to take it (were) … Devin Schott, or two of his friends.”
She also reportedly told the deputy that she asked Schott if he took it. He allegedly said he did not.
The following day the deputy contacted a local pawn shop where he determined that the guitar had been purchased from Schott on Aug. 24 for $300, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit added that after the deputy researched the guitar online, its value was found to be between $3,000 and $6,000.
Schott was charged with fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property. He appeared on that charge in municipal court on Thursday.
Schott’s bond is set at his own recognizance (OR). He was placed on reporting probation. While his case is pending he is to have no contact with the involved shop and must observe a curfew. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 1.
In other cases, Joseph Orsborn, 49, Jackson, pled no contest to first-degree misdemeanor passing a bad check. He was found guilty.
As of Thursday, the involved check had been paid, Orsborn said.
In reviewing his record, Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna said this charge was not Orsborn’s “first time at the dance.” According to the judge, Orsborn has past felony convictions for theft and forgery. The judge also referenced a drug charge on Orsborn’s record that had been reduced.
When asked, Orsborn said he previously served time in prison. He told the judge that he had been the “fall guy.”
All but 10 days of a 180-day jail sentence were suspended on Thursday’s case. Orsborn can be furloughed with a clean drug screen. He was placed on reporting probation. Orsborn must pay $100 of a $1,000 fine.
An agreement was reached for Todd Jimmerson, 35, Leesburg. He was originally scheduled for a court trial on a first-degree misdemeanor for fictitious plates, as well as a headlight violation.
In addition, Jimmerson was set for pretrials on first-degree misdemeanor telephone harassment and fourth-degree misdemeanor trespassing.
On Thursday, Jimmerson pled guilty to the fictitious plates and telephone harassment charges. The others were dismissed.
Sentencing was deferred to give Jimmerson time to obtain counseling at FRS. He must return to court in December.
McKenna said these cases were probation violations of past convictions. Court records showed that Jimmerson was previously found guilty of driving on a suspension and disorderly conduct.
The judge said Jimmerson could see a “boatload” of jail time, adding that “it’s what you do in the next three months” that will affect any sentences imposed.
“You get it right, or you won’t have to worry about probation,” McKenna said.
Also on Thursday, Adam Brunck, 36, Hillsboro, agreed to take a stipulated polygraph test. According to records, a jury trial originally set for October was cancelled, and a pretrial was scheudled instead.
Brunck faces first-degree misdemeanors for failure to comply, operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI), and driving on a suspension. He is also charged with minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Morgan Debo, 19, Hillsboro, appeared for deferred sentencing on a charge of first-degree misdemeanor underage consumption.
As of Thursday, Debo had been compliant with conditions. The judge listed those, which included making restitution, performing 30 hours of community service, and obtaining FRS counseling or completing a workbook through the probation department.
Her case was dismissed on the condition that she complete additional hours of community service sanctioned by the probation department and pay court costs.
Reach Sarah Allen at 937-393-3456, ext. 1680, or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.