16 sentenced in common pleas court


By Angela Shepherd - [email protected]



Ronald Howland is pictured in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday with defense attorney J.D. Wagoner.


A total of 16 defendants were sentenced in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, with six of them going to prison.

Among those prison-bound are Matthew S. Jackson, 27, Xenia, who in two cases was sentenced to a total of three years and seven months in prison.

Jackson pled guilty to second-degree felony burglary and received the three-year sentence. That offense also requires that upon his release from prison he will be under three years of post-release control by the Adult Parole Authority.

A seven-month sentence for fifth-degree felony trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance was ordered to run consecutive to the three-year sentence.

Ronald Howland Jr., 42, Washington C.H, pled guilty to fourth-degree felony trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school zone and fifth-degree felony trafficking in heroin.

He was sentenced to a total of 20 months in prison, which is to be served consecutive to a prison sentence he is currently serving.

Dustin Yoakum, 25, Greenfield, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on two counts of fifth-degree felony trafficking in heroin. He pled guilty to the charges in November.

A 42-year-old Highland County man, whose name is being withheld to protect the victim, was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison on Wednesday for sexual offenses. He previously pled guilty to third-degree felony sexual battery and two counts of fourth-degree felony pandering obscenity involving a minor.

He will be required to register as both a Tier II and Tier III sexual offender, the latter of which requires registration every 90 days for life.

Sami Jo Stanfield, 31, Greenfield, was sentenced to 10 months in prison on one count of fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine. She pled guilty to the charge in September after having been arrested for failing to appear for a previous hearing.

Thomas A. Schrader, 43, Greenfield, was sentenced to nine months in prison on one count of heroin trafficking, a fifth-degree felony.

In other hearings, 10 defendants were sentenced to community control on various offenses. Those people, the charges they were convicted of, and any other orders imposed on Wednesday are as follows:

• Arthur A. Ames, 71, Dayton – fourth-degree felony theft by deception, ordered to pay $5,600 in restitution;

• Shasta Collier, 23, Greenfield – fourth-degree felony trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school zone, ordered to successfully complete treatment;

• Daryl Bumgarner, 27, Leesburg – fifth-degree felony trafficking in heroin, ordered to complete treatment;

• Courtney Jane Groves, 25, Washington C.H. – fourth-degree felony domestic violence, ordered to continue current counseling and engage in additional counseling through Alternatives to Violence Center;

• Cassandra Taylor, 32, Greenfield – fourth-degree felony trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile, ordered to complete treatment;

• Alixsae N. Behlke, 25, Greenfield – fourth-degree felony trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school, and fifth-degree felony trafficking in and possession of heroin, ordered to complete treatment;

• Roger Yoakum, 43, Greenfield – three counts of fifth-degree felony heroin trafficking, ordered to complete treatment;

• Rachael M. Russell, 26, Mowrystown – fourth-degree felony heroin possession, ordered to complete treatment;

• Nicholas Lightner, 38, Greenfield – fifth-degree felony trafficking in heroin and trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance, ordered to complete treatment;

• Brodie Williams, 32, Greenfield – fourth-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, ordered to complete treatment.

Lastly, Jacob Cowman, 22, Greenfield, pled guilty on Wednesday to fifth-degree heroin trafficking and fourth-degree felony trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school. He is scheduled for sentencing in January.

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

Ronald Howland is pictured in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday with defense attorney J.D. Wagoner.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Howland.jpgRonald Howland is pictured in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday with defense attorney J.D. Wagoner.

By Angela Shepherd

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