Drug offense lands Hillsboro man in prison


Two others plead guilty, will be sentenced in November

By Angela Shepherd - [email protected]



Donnie Vanwinkle is pictured during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday alongside defense attorney Susan Zurface.


A Hillsboro man is heading to prison for more than a year following his admission of guilt in Highland County Common Pleas Court to a drug charge.

Donnie Lee Vanwinkle, 23, pled guilty Tuesday to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony. According to the plea agreement, a second-degree felony charge of illegal manufacture of drugs was dismissed.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, a joint recommendation from prosecutor Anneka Collins and defense attorney Susan Zurface.

Vanwinkle in August was found guilty of probation violations on an earlier case in which he was granted intervention in lieu of conviction last November.

On Tuesday he was sentenced to serve six months in prison on that case for one count of fifth-degree felony trafficking in counterfeit drugs. The sentence is to run consecutively to the 12-month-sentence.

In other hearings, Roger M. Hatfield, 62, Leesburg, pled guilty to second-degree felony felonious assault.

According to judge Rocky Coss on the plea agreement, the state and defense will “argue sentencing,” and Hatfield will forfeit a handgun allegedly used in the offense.

Hatfield is scheduled to be sentenced in November. He is also to undergo an assessment at FRS, the judge said.

Sami Jo Stanfield, 31, Greenfield, will also be sentenced next month following her entering a guilty plea Tuesday to fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine.

Stanfield was arrested about a week and a half ago on a warrant that was issued when she failed to appear for a hearing. Her bond was set at $10,000, and Coss ordered that bond to remain in place Tuesday.

The judge said the recommendation in the plea agreement from the state and defense was for community control and treatment.

Coss said that since Stanfield violated her supervision by not appearing, and that she was also non-compliant due to not reporting to probation, he was not bound by HB 86, which requires a first-time, low level offender be sentenced to community control.

The judge warned that if she made bond and was released from jail and then violated her supervision again, “that’s not going to bode well for you.”

While Stanfield awaits sentencing, Coss said she is to be assessed for residential treatment.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.

Donnie Vanwinkle is pictured during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday alongside defense attorney Susan Zurface.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_29Sept2015cpc.jpgDonnie Vanwinkle is pictured during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday alongside defense attorney Susan Zurface.
Two others plead guilty, will be sentenced in November

By Angela Shepherd

[email protected]

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