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Court House woman enters diversion program

By Angela Shepherd - [email protected]



Ernie Haskill, right, is pictured on Thursday in Highland County Common Pleas Court with defense attorney Richard Furnish.


Three defendants in Highland County Common Pleas Court entered guilty pleas Thursday, but two of them will not be sentenced until June and July.

Ernie Ray Haskill, 35, Hillsboro, pled guilty to two counts of trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance, both fifth-degree felonies. Two other drug trafficking counts were dismissed per the plea agreement.

Haskill is scheduled to be sentenced in July after the completion of a presentence investigation and an assessment for the STAR residential treatment facility.

Olivia Hayslip, 35, New Vienna, pled guilty to fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine. She is also scheduled for sentencing in July after the completion of a presentence investigation.

Honey Lynn Kyle, 39, Washington Court House, pled guilty to an amended charge of fourth-degree felony theft and was admitted into the prosecutor’s diversion program. The defendant is also responsible for paying nearly $26,000 in restitution.

Kyle was initially charged in a January indictment with second-degree felony theft from a protected class.

Prosecutor Anneka Collins said the victim approved of the agreement reached between the state and Kyle.

While Kyle is successfully engaged in the program further prosecution on the case will cease. With successful completion of the program, the felony against Kyle will be dismissed.

In other hearings two people admitted to violating their supervision and will be sentenced at a later time.

Jade Kingsolver, 31, Hillsboro, was terminated from intervention in lieu of conviction after admitted to failing to report to probation, not attending counseling, and that he tested positive for opiates on more than one occasion.

He pled guilty about a year ago to fifth-degree felony heroin possession and was granted the intervention in lieu of conviction.

With his admission that he violated the program, the court accepted the guilty plea on Thursday. A presentence investigation was ordered, as was a STAR assessment. His sentencing was scheduled for June.

William Ray Penix, 32, Hillsboro, also admitted to violations and was terminated from the prosecutor’s diversion program. He is set to be sentenced in June.

The notification of alleged violations filed with the court in early May included failing to report to probation and testing positive for illicit drugs.

In November, Penix pled guilty to fifth-degree felony breaking and entering. At that time he was granted entry into the diversion program.

Ernie Haskill, right, is pictured on Thursday in Highland County Common Pleas Court with defense attorney Richard Furnish.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Haskill.jpgErnie Haskill, right, is pictured on Thursday in Highland County Common Pleas Court with defense attorney Richard Furnish.
Court House woman enters diversion program

By Angela Shepherd

[email protected]

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