Judicial release denied in two cases


Another defendant granted early release to treatment

By Angela Shepherd - [email protected]



Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss speaks to a defendant via video hearing in the court on Tuesday. Also pictured are assistant prosecutor Molly Bolek, center, and attorney Adam King.


In three separate video hearings on Tuesday, two motions for judicial release were denied while another was granted.

Chadwick Price, 37, Hillsboro, was denied judicial release. According to Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss, the motion for judicial release was denied based on Price’s previous record, and the fact that his current stint in prison is his fourth time.

Coss said the convictions that landed Price in prison this time around were his tenth and eleventh felony convictions.

Price was sentenced to a total of five years in prison on two cases in June 2012 for two counts of third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

Also denied early release from prison was Rachael N. Parks, 28, Hillsboro. She was initially sentenced to 30 months in prison last June for third-degree felony illegal assembly.

Coss said during the hearing that his decision came after reviewing reports from the institution describing “several disciplinary infractions” Parks has incurred in her seven months of incarceration.

The judge said those infractions included possessing contraband, disobeying direct orders, and engaging in an unauthorized group activity, plus other violations.

Coss said his decision to deny the judicial release was based on Parks’ attitude, and the judge also referred to Parks’ demeanor during Tuesday’s hearing. He said she had “not passed the attitude test,” and until she did, treatment was not going to do her any good.

The judge advised her to complete her GED, which she was supposed to have already done, according to Coss. He said that would show the court she was interested “in doing something positive.”

In another hearing, Bradley N. Hafer, 30, Hillsboro, was granted judicial release, but he will remain incarcerated until going to the STAR residential treatment facility in March.

Hafer was sentenced to four and a half years total in December 2013 on two cases. In one case he was sentenced to three years for second-degree felony burglary, and in the other case he was sentenced to 18 months for third-degree felony illegal assembly.

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

Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss speaks to a defendant via video hearing in the court on Tuesday. Also pictured are assistant prosecutor Molly Bolek, center, and attorney Adam King.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_court.jpgHighland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss speaks to a defendant via video hearing in the court on Tuesday. Also pictured are assistant prosecutor Molly Bolek, center, and attorney Adam King.
Another defendant granted early release to treatment

By Angela Shepherd

[email protected]

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