Drug charges pave path to prison


Other defendants await sentencing after pleading guilty

By Angela Shepherd - [email protected]



Samantha Barnhart is pictured during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday. Also pictured is defense attorney Kathryn Hapner.


Five people are heading to prison following their pleas of guilt to various charges in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.

Four of the five people currently have or have had Greenfield addresses, according to court records, and they also have cases that involve heroin trafficking.

Samantha C. Barnhart, 26, Greenfield, pled guilty to charges in two cases: one count of fifth-degree felony heroin possession and three counts of fourth-degree felony trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school.

She was sentenced to nine months on each count, with each nine-month stint to run consecutively for a total of 36 months. Judge Rocky Coss said that in the plea agreement the state said it would not oppose judicial release to the STAR program after Barnhart has served one year of her sentence.

Dennis Mootispaw, 53, Greenfield, pled guilty to fourth-degree felony trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school and fifth-degree felony heroin trafficking. On the two counts Mootispaw, who told the court he had been to prison seven previous times, was sentenced to two consecutive nine-month prison terms.

Brittany Sherbert, 30, pled guilty to the same trafficking charges as Mootispaw and she received the same sentence on each count for a total of 18 months in prison.

According to court records, Sherbert is formerly of Greenfield, but the most recent case shows a Groveport address.

Sherbert is currently in prison on a receiving stolen property charge out of Highland County.

Paul Bond, 40, Greenfield, admitted to probation violations and was sentenced to 12 months in prison on a fifth-degree felony nonsupport charge.

Bond initially was placed on five years of community control in June 2011 on the case, and after probation violations was ordered to successfully complete STAR last year.

He also faces other charges levied in an October indictment that allege heroin possession and trafficking.

Dustin Lee Pinkerton, 32, Washington C.H., pled guilty to fourth-degree felony trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance in the vicinity of a school. He was sentenced to serve nine months in prison.

In other hearings, Terry L. Kaufman, 42, Hillsboro, pled guilty to third-degree felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and fourth-degree felony pandering obscenity involving a minor. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing scheduled for December.

John Koch II, 25, Greenfield, pled guilty to fifth-degree felony trafficking in heroin. He will be sentenced next month.

Earnest Jones, 51, Hillsboro, pled guilty to aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. He is set for sentencing in January.

Shawn Parr, 32, Greenfield, pled guilty to fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking in marijuana in the vicinity of a school, trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school, and trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile. He will be sentenced in December.

Dustin Yoakum, 25, Greenfield, pled guilty to two counts of heroin trafficking, both fifth-degree felonies, and will be sentenced in December.

William Ray Penix, 32, Hillsboro, pled guilty to fifth-degree felony breaking and entering and was admitted into the prosecutor’s diversion program. While Penix is in the program no further action will be taken on the case, and if he successfully completes the requirements of the program the felony charge will be dismissed.

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

Samantha Barnhart is pictured during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday. Also pictured is defense attorney Kathryn Hapner.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_18Nov2015CPC.jpgSamantha Barnhart is pictured during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday. Also pictured is defense attorney Kathryn Hapner.
Other defendants await sentencing after pleading guilty

By Angela Shepherd

[email protected]

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