Prison for not registering


By Sarah Allen - For The Times-Gazette



Highland County Common Pleas Judge Rocky Coss carried out sentencing in a number of cases last week.


A Mt. Orab man was sentenced last week to 12 months in prison after failing to register a change of address as a registered sex offender.

Danny Thomas Hamilton, 52, pled guilty to the third-degree felony on Wednesday, according to Highland County Common Pleas Court records.

A total of four other defendants received prison sentences last week by Judge Rocky Coss in common pleas court. According to records:

• Arminthea Davis, 52, Lynchburg, was sentenced to three years and 11 months on second-degree felony burglary and fifth-degree felony breaking and entering. She must also pay restitution.

• Mark A. Argueta, 40, Washington Court House, received 24 months in prison on third-degree felony failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, with Coss citing the defendant’s prior history.

• Deborah A. Jenkins, 46, Leesburg, was sentenced to 24 months on third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

• Nikki R. Ralph, 30, Greenfield, received 12 months in prison on third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

Records showed that five defendants were placed on community control and ordered to complete recommended treatment programs. According to records:

• Richie L. Cartwright, 55, Greenfield, was sentenced to three years of community control on three counts of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile, a fourth degree felony. He must pay restitution.

• Three years of community control were imposed on Deanna Eloise Boggs, 40, Hillsboro, for fifth-degree felony theft and first-degree misdemeanor misuse of a credit card. She must also pay restitution.

• Codee James Lewis, 22, Leesburg, was sentenced to three years of community control on fifth-degree felony possession of drugs. He must also pay restitution.

• Tara Ralph, 42, Greenfield, was placed on community control for three years on third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

• Three years of community control were imposed on Chad A. Cline, 39, New Vienna, on fifth-degree felony possession of heroin.

Finally, two were granted judicial release this week.

Community control sanctions were imposed on Shawn Ames, 44. The Times-Gazette reported last June that Ames was sentenced to 10 months each on two heroin trafficking charges and a heroin possession charge, all fifth-degree felonies, as well as 14 months each on two counts of heroin trafficking in the vicinity of a juvenile, both fourth-degree felonies.

Records show that Ames must successfully complete the STAR program.

Trenton A. Zumwalde, 20, Hillsboro, must also complete the STAR program. The Times-Gazette previously reported that, in December, Zumwalde was sentenced to 10 months for trafficking in heroin and 10 months for possession of cocaine.

Highland County Common Pleas Judge Rocky Coss carried out sentencing in a number of cases last week.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_coss-on-bench.jpgHighland County Common Pleas Judge Rocky Coss carried out sentencing in a number of cases last week.

By Sarah Allen

For The Times-Gazette

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