Endangering child earns woman prison


A Hillsboro woman was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday in Highland County Common Pleas Court for endangering children, a charge that the prosecutor said stemmed from a child being in the vicinity of a meth lab.

Amanda E. Hafer, 32, pled guilty to the third-degree felony in August. Hafer was initially charged in an April indictment with illegal manufacture of drugs and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, both in the vicinity of a juvenile, a first- and second-degree felony, respectively.

Those charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement Hafer signed in August, according to records.

On Wednesday, prosecutor Anneka Collins recommended the two-year sentence. She said the charge involved a child being in the presence of a meth lab and the two years of prison were mandatory for the offense.

Defense attorney Kathryn Hapner agreed with the recommendation and added that Hafer had more than 50 days of jail time credit, which would be applied against the two years.

Hafer said to judge Rocky Coss that on the day of the offense she had been asleep and woke up to sheriff’s deputies in the home.

“I had no idea what was going on,” she said.

But, she said that she later turned herself in, and since she’s been charged has graduated from FRS.

Coss sentenced her to 24 months in prison, adding that with it being mandatory, Hafer must serve all of the imposed sentence, minus the days she already spent in jail.

Also sentenced Wednesday was 19-year-old Alex Dylan Hammond, of Hillsboro, on three counts of marijuana trafficking, all fifth-degree felonies.

He will be on community control for three years and is to undergo an evaluation at FRS, following any recommended treatment. While Hammond is employed part-time, according to defense attorney J.D. Wagoner, Coss further ordered that the defendant is to perform 400 hours of community service.

Hammond was granted intervention in lieu of conviction last November, but in August admitted to probation violations that included his association with people he was not to be in contact with, and consuming alcohol.

According to testimony in a previous hearing, the violations were discovered due to a photo taken at a party depicting Hammond, Wesley A. Stratton, and another person also on probation. Evidence of the alcohol present at the party was also visible in the photo, according to testimony offered at Stratton’s evidentiary hearing in July.

The 22-year-old Stratton, of Winchester, was also sentenced Wednesday in regard to his violations stemming from that photo, the same violations as Hammond.

Stratton was found to have violated the terms of the diversion program in a July hearing after retired Franklin County Judge Dale Crawford heard testimony from witnesses. At that time the court accepted a previously entered guilty plea to fifth-degree felony marijuana trafficking.

Coss previously recused himself from the case.

Crawford this week sentenced Stratton to two years community control, but warned the defendant that any violations could result in prison time.

Defense attorney Michael Kelly said prior to sentencing that Stratton “has been effective on community control” since he was placed in the diversion program in June 2014, adding that Stratton had passed all of his drug screens. He also said Stratton had maintained employment.

According to the court, Stratton also passed another drug screen prior to Wednesday’s hearing.

In other hearings, a request for a bond modification was denied to Gary Branson Wayne Watson, 22, Greenfield.

Watson is charged with gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, and currently his bond is set at $25,000.

Collins said that the amount was “not egregious.”

“This was a sexual assault of a 10-year-old child,” Collins said. She also said that while this was Watson’s first adult felony, he has misdemeanor convictions and a felony as a juvenile.

Coss denied the request to modify the bond based on the “nature of the offense” and the prior history of the defendant, he said.

A warrant for the arrest of Carolina Macey Mootispaw, 25, Washington C.H., was issued when she failed to appear for a hearing.

It was offered by an attorney present in the courtroom that Mootispaw may be in jail in Fayette County, but a subsequent check on her incarceration status there showed that she had been released more than a week ago, Coss said.

Mootispaw pled guilty to fifth-degree felony breaking and entering in August and was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.

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