Several defendants appear for probation violations in common pleas

Last updated: August 21. 2014 6:35PM - 2467 Views
By - ashepherd@civitasmedia.com



Kevin Colville, right, is pictured with defense attorney Bill Armintrout during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.
Kevin Colville, right, is pictured with defense attorney Bill Armintrout during a hearing in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.
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A Hillsboro man was sentenced in Highland County Common Pleas Court to more than four years in prison on two meth-related charges, one for an incident in the vicinity of a juvenile.


Kevin W. Colville, 36, pled guilty to two counts of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs on Thursday. The charge related to an incident in the vicinity of a juvenile is a second-degree felony and carries a mandatory prison term.


The mandatory minimum sentence of three years is what was imposed for the second-degree felony. On the second charge, Colville was sentenced to 18 months, but judge Rocky Coss said that per the plea agreement the state would not oppose judicial release to STAR after the completion of the mandatory term of prison.


In another hearing, Jessica Leach, 24, of Greenfield, admitted to probation violations and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.


Leach was initially sentenced to community control after pleading guilty earlier this year to a third-degree felony illegal assembly charge. But since then, Leach has failed to appear and report for treatment, and made her whereabouts unknown, according to the court.


Similarly, Roger D. Stumbo Jr., 35, of Columbus, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for probation violations which included failing report to probation.


The reason Stumbo didn’t report, he said, was because he didn’t have transportation. He told the judge he could live with his dad who could provide him the transportation to report.


But assistant prosecutor Ross Greer said Stumbo’s father had stopped in the prosecutor’s office and said he “genuinely” believed prison was what his son needed.


Coss noted Stumbo’s Franklin County record and similar probation violations there.


Stumbo was sentenced earlier this year to community control after pleading guilty to breaking and entering and attempted theft of a motor vehicle, both fifth-degree felonies.


Chastity R. Poole, 25, of Greenfield, also admitted to probation violations that included being terminated from transitional housing and being in a bar. People on probation are forbidden from being anywhere where alcohol is being served.


It was found that she had gone to a bar while on a weekend pass, according to attorney Bill Armintrout, because she posted a picture of herself in the bar on social media. That post led to her termination from the transitional housing.


In December, Poole was initially placed on community control and ordered to complete treatment after pleading guilty to third-degree felony failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer.


On Thursday, Coss extended her community control on the condition that Poole successfully complete STAR.


Joshua Reany, 33, of Loveland, is heading to a longer treatment program that includes transitional housing.


Last week Reany admitted to probation violations and did so without an attorney.


Reany told the court at the time that despite two completed treatment programs, he still struggled with addiction. He told the judge the programs hadn’t offered enough time to retrain his brain, and that if prison is what it took to get him clean, he would go to prison.


On Thursday, Coss said the goal was to have a year of treatment for Reany, which will include a 90-day program plus at least nine months of transitional housing.


While Coss told Reany last week that he seemed to understand where he was in his situation with addiction, the judge said Thursday that this was the last time Reany’s probation would be extended.


Sherry E. Fryman, 35, of Hillsboro, pled guilty to endangering children and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, both third-degree felonies.


She will be sentenced in October following the completion of a presentence investigation.


Barbara Yost, 51, of Hillsboro, also charged for third-degree felony illegal assembly and endangering children, was sentenced to community control and referred to the intensive treatment available at FRS through the Smart Ohio Pilot Grant program.


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


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