Man facing felonies appears on misdemeanor


Sentencing deferred after felony is amended, reduced

By Sarah Allen - [email protected]



Charles Hall is pictured with defense attorney Lee Koogler (center) before Hillsboro Municipal Court Acting Judge Jeffrey Lyle on Thursday. Also pictured (far left) is Highland County Assistant Prosecutor James Roeder.


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A Hillsboro man who appeared in the Hillsboro Municipal Court last week on felony charges was arraigned on an additional misdemeanor charge on Thursday.

Charles Hall, 28, pled not guilty to first-degree misdemeanor theft.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that Hall was charged earlier this month with a different count of misdemeanor theft, as well as felonies for burglary and theft, after he allegedly took and sold guns and other items belonging to relatives.

Hall’s most recent theft charge stems from the same alleged incidents, according to an affidavit filed with the court. He was charged with theft by deception after allegedly selling “two stolen firearms … for $100,” as stated in the affidavit.

The affidavit added that Hall allegedly told the buyer that he needed money to pay bills. He also allegedly told the buyer that the firearms were not stolen.

Pretrials on both of Hall’s misdemeanors, as well as preliminary hearings on his felonies, were rescheduled for next Thursday.

Also appearing on a felony charge was Frank Bryant Jr., 27, Greenfield. The Times-Gazette previously reported that he was charged with fifth-degree felony theft after allegedly taking a relative’s bank card and withdrawing a total of $1,200.

On Thursday, Bryant entered an agreement and pled guilty to an amended and reduced charge of first-degree misdemeanor unauthorized use of property. He must pay restitution. A no contact order with the alleged victim was lifted.

Sentencing was deferred until January. Highland County Assistant Prosecutor James Roeder said sentencing was put off because the state “just want(s) to see how he does.”

“I done learned my lesson,” Bryant told the court.

If there are no other problems, the state will recommend a suspended sentence.

Also entering an agreement was Jenna Hazelbaker, 31, Wilmington. She pled guilty to fourth-degree misdemeanor reckless operation, which was amended and reduced from first-degree misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). An accompanying charge of failing to drive in marked lanes was dismissed.

The state recommended a suspended sentence on the condition that Hazelbaker complete a three-day driver intervention program.

Twenty-seven days of a 30-day jail sentence were suspended, with credit given for Hazelbaker’s time in the intervention program. She must pay $100 of a $250 fine.

Also on Friday, a case against Jillian McCarty, 25, Hillsboro, was dismissed “for further investigation,” according to records. She had faced a charge of first-degree misdemeanor assault.

Johnny Snyder, 61, Hillsboro, also saw a case dismissed. The Times-Gazette previously reported that he was scheduled for a court trial on Thursday.

A charge of first-degree misdemeanor menacing was dismissed without prejudice, records showed. Defense attorney Conrad Curren said the alleged victim had failed to appear.

Finally, a felony case that was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Thursday was previously dismissed following indictments by a grand jury.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that Brittney Edwards, 24, Hillsboro, was indicted last week on first-degree felony counts of trafficking in and possession of heroin, second-degree felony counts of aggravated trafficking in and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, and fifth-degree felony cocaine possession.

Municipal court records stated that Edwards’ case was dismissed without prejudice “upon motion of (the) state” last Thursday.

Reach Sarah Allen at 937-393-3456, ext. 1680, or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.

Charles Hall is pictured with defense attorney Lee Koogler (center) before Hillsboro Municipal Court Acting Judge Jeffrey Lyle on Thursday. Also pictured (far left) is Highland County Assistant Prosecutor James Roeder.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_CharlesHall1.jpgCharles Hall is pictured with defense attorney Lee Koogler (center) before Hillsboro Municipal Court Acting Judge Jeffrey Lyle on Thursday. Also pictured (far left) is Highland County Assistant Prosecutor James Roeder. Sarah Allen|The Times-Gazette
Sentencing deferred after felony is amended, reduced

By Sarah Allen

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