Hillsboro woman charged with arson ruled not competent, will undergo treatment

Last updated: August 20. 2014 6:09PM - 2483 Views
By - ashepherd@civitasmedia.com



Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss, left, prosecutor Anneka Collins, center, and defense attorney Kathryn Hapner are pictured during a discussion between hearings Wednesday.
Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss, left, prosecutor Anneka Collins, center, and defense attorney Kathryn Hapner are pictured during a discussion between hearings Wednesday.
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A Leesburg man is heading to prison for three years after pleading guilty to a second-degree felony meth-related charge Wednesday in Highland County Common Pleas Court.


Jeffrey D. Tadlock, 26, pled guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile. The second-degree felony carries a minimum mandatory sentence of three years in prison.


Defense attorney Kathryn Hapner, on Tadlock’s behalf, requested a 24-hour furlough for him before heading to prison, adding that her client has been in the county jail since his June arrest. Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss denied the furlough, saying the court had been “burned” too many times before.


A co-defendant in the case, Aubrey S. Barnhill, 23, of Leesburg, also pled guilty to an illegal assembly charge, but without the specification of being within the vicinity of a juvenile, making it a third-degree felony.


Coss said that per the plea agreement, the recommended sentence would be 24 months in prison, but the state would not oppose judicial release to the STAR program after six month’s incarceration.


A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for next month.


Allison K. Fulkerson, 42, of Hillsboro, was committed to treatment at a behavioral health care facility following an evaluation that deemed her unable to assist in her own defense or have full understanding of the proceedings, and therefore not competent to stand trial.


Coss said the evaluating doctor indicated in the report that Fulkerson would likely be restored to competency following a course of treatment.


The defendant is charged with second-degree felony aggravated arson and fourth-degree felony arson.


The Times-Gazette previously reported that on June 18, Fulkerson allegedly set fire to a house while other people were inside.


Her case will be placed on the inactive docket pending further hearings.


In another case, a Hillsboro man’s bond was revoked for his failure to comply with pretrial supervision. David L. Jones, 25, was taken into custody after Coss revoked his bond for not reporting to probation as he was ordered to do. Jones’ new bond is set at $10,000.


“When I tell you to do something I’m not just flapping my gums. I mean what I say,” the judge said.


Jones is charged in a July indictment with fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine.


Brett E. Howland, 30, pled guilty Wednesday to trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony. The plea included the forfeiture of his car.


The Sardinia man will be sentenced in October following the completion of a presentence investigation.


Angela Shepherd can be reached at 937-402-2572 or on Twitter @ashepherdTG.

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