Plea for leniency denied


A Hillsboro woman who turned herself in on a bench warrant in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday saw a previous furlough revoked.

According to court records, a warrant was issued for June McKillop, 40, last week after she failed to appear for a review hearing. She was convicted of first-degree misdemeanor theft in 2011.

Records added that McKillop was found guilty of a probation violation in 2014. At that time, her probation was extended for two years.

In April, McKillop entered an agreement on a new charge of theft and pled guilty. A 180-day jail sentence was suspended on that case, as previously reported by The Times-Gazette.

Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna referenced McKillop’s record then, saying that she had 20 previous cases in the court.

She was found guilty of a probation violation on her 2011 theft case, and a 180-day jail sentence was imposed.

In May, she pled no contest to a different theft charge. She was found guilty, and an additional 180 days in jail were suspended. She was also found guilty of a probation violation on her other 2015 theft case, and 52 days in jail were ordered, records showed.

The judge said Thursday that McKillop was later furloughed. According to records, 51 days remain on her 2011 case.

The judge added that along with not coming to court last week, McKillop allegedly failed to report to the probation department.

McKillop told the judge that she has been reporting and that she has also been going to FRS classes “daily.”

“Please just give me a chance … I’m doing good,” McKillop said. “(Last week’s court date) just slipped my mind.”

The judge rescheduled a deferred sentencing on a pending charge of domestic violence for Friday. He also ordered that McKillop get a drug screen.

Until Friday, he said, McKillop’s previous 51-day furlough “that wasn’t important enough for (her) to remember” was revoked. That time began on Thursday.

McKenna added that when McKillop returns to court on Friday, the results of her drug test will be considered, as well as anything reported by her attorney.

Also on Thursday, Jesse Valentine, 23, Hillsboro, was sentenced to three days in jail after not completing a driver intervention program. That three-day sentence was mandatory, but could have been substituted for the program.

According to records, Valentine pled no contest to first-degree misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) in April. He was found guilty.

Fifty-six days of a 60-day jail sentence were suspended, records showed. Valentine was fined $500. His license was suspended for six months.

In reviewing his record, the judge added that Valentine has an additional 146 days “hanging over (his) head.”

Records show that a 90-day jail sentence was suspended in July after Valentine pled guilty to driving on an OVI suspension. He was also ordered to pay $250 of a $1,000 fine.

A competency hearing was scheduled for Cindy Hackney, 37, Mount Orab.

The Times-Gazette previously reported that she was charged with fifth-degree felony obstructing justice after allegedly telling Highland County Sheriff’s Office deputies that a suspect was not in her residence. Later, that suspect was allegedly found “jumping off the second story roof,” as stated in an affidavit.

Records added that Hackney received the felony charge less than a week after being arraigned on first-degree misdemeanor receiving stolen property.

Defense attorney Lynn Turner said on Thursday that, due to “mental health issues,” Hackney was unsure whether or not she wanted a preliminary hearing.

A review hearing is set for Nov. 19. According to records, Hackney will be held without bond until her competency evaluation is complete. Following that, the other conditions of her bond remain the same. Records show that her bond is set at $5,000 on her misdemeanor case.

Reach Sarah Allen at 937-393-3456, ext. 1680, or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.

June McKillop is pictured in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday. McKillop is pictured in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday. Sarah Allen|The Times-Gazette
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