A Greenfield man was sentenced to more than a year and a half in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to two cases from 2014 in Highland County Common Pleas Court.
Aaron Stephens, 32, pled guilty to fifth-degree felony heroin possession, and for that charge was sentenced to eight months in prison.
Court records show that in August of 2014 when the case was proceeding through the court, a warrant was issued when Stephens failed to appear for a hearing. He was arrested on that warrant last month.
According to Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins on Wednesday, it was his jury trial that Stephens didn’t show up for. He was indicted on fourth-degree felony failure to appear in November 2014.
He pled guilty to the charge on Wednesday, and was sentenced to 12 months in prison. With the sentences ordered to run consecutively, Stephens is to serve a total of 20 months in prison.
In other hearings, Michelle Karaffa, 54, Hillsboro, pled guilty to third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. According to the plea agreement, the state will not oppose judicial release to the STAR residential treatment program after Karaffa has served a year.
Kamala Knisely, 34, Peebles, pled guilty to a third-degree felony illegal assembly charge. She is scheduled to be sentenced next month after the completion of a presentence investigation.
Knisley told the court that she is facing a fifth-degree felony theft charge in Pike County, and that she was awaiting transport to the STAR program when she was arrested on the Highland County indictment.
Judge Rocky Coss said she is to be reassessed for the residential treatment program.
Dakota J. Evans, 22, Hillsboro, pled guilty to third-degree felony illegal assembly. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing set for June.
Jenny S. Roberts, 37, Leesburg, failed to appear for a pretrial hearing and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Roberts is charged in an indictment issued just over two years ago with five counts of fourth-degree felony aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine and five counts of fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine. Records show she was arrested on that indictment in early April 2016.
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