Habitual OVI offender pleads guilty, warrant issued for no-show

Last updated: April 16. 2014 6:05PM - 4632 Views
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With six defendants pleading guilty in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, two are heading to prison while the others await sentencing next month.


Colby W. Freeman, 29, of Hillsboro, pleaded guilty to third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and was sentenced to 36 months in prison, the maximum term for the offense.


In going over the plea agreement, Judge Rocky Coss said the state would not oppose judicial release to the STAR program after a year and a half in prison. After sentencing, the judge told Freeman that he would consider a petition for judicial release after 18 months had passed, but that didn’t mean it would be granted.


A second-degree felony offense of illegal manufacture of drugs was dismissed.


Also sentenced to prison was Charles E. Sprinkles, 33, of Sardinia.


Sprinkles pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony breaking and entering and a 10-month prison sentence was imposed.


The judge noted two prior felony convictions and a stint in prison.


In other proceedings, John C. Knisley, 34, of New Vienna, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree felony operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI).


Knisley was involved in a one-car crash on New Year’s Eve and was charged with OVI by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


While the offense carries a possible six to 18 months in prison, Coss said the charge also mandates no less than 120 days in jail.


According to a registry available on the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s website which includes habitual OVI offenders, Knisley has seven prior offenses spanning the last 15 years. Knisely will be sentenced next month following a presentence investigation.


Kyler J. Penwell, 21, of Greenfield, pleaded guilty to burglary, a second-degree felony.


The offense carries a possible sentence of two to eight years in prison, and while prison is not required by the law, Coss said it is presumed.


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


Kathy L. Burke, 31, of Williamsburg, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony possession of heroin and a misdemeanor count of child endangering.


She will be sentenced next month after the completion of a presentence investigation.


George B. Caraway, 45, of Hillsboro, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony possession of cocaine and will also be sentenced next month following a presentence investigation.


Finally, a warrant for the arrest of Christopher E. Holt, 26, of Greenfield, was issued when he failed to appear for a pretrial hearing. He is charged in an April indictment with second-degree felony illegal manufacture of drugs and third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.


Angela Shepherd can be reached at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @ashepherdHTG.

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