Violations land three in prison


Three Greenfield defendants previously convicted in Highland County Common Pleas Court are heading to prison after admitting this week to violating their community control.

Andrew Phillip Ward, 20, was sentenced to a total of 18 months in prison. Ward was initially sentenced to three years of community control and to treatment in October of last year after he pled guilty to fifth-degree felony heroin possession.

Earlier this month he was indicted on fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a charge he pled guilty to this week. Also this week, he admitted to violating his community control by consuming heroin, making his whereabouts unknown, and not completing treatment.

He was sentenced to nine months in prison on each of the two cases.

Shasta Collier, 23, was also sentenced to 18 months in prison on probation violations that were identical to those Ward admitted to.

Collier was first sentenced to community control and treatment in December after she pled guilty to two fourth-degree felony counts of heroin trafficking within a school zone.

Also heading to prison after violations is Keenan Willett, 21. His community control was revoked this week and he was sentenced to total of 14 months in prison after he admitted to changing his address without the permission or knowledge of his probation officer, and failing to complete treatment.

Willett earlier this month saw his community control extended after admitting to violations, and according to court records, within days of that admission a warrant was issued for his arrest when his whereabouts became unknown. He had been in treatment at the time.

The defendant was initially sentenced to community control nearly three years ago after pleading guilty to breaking and entering and vandalism, both fifth-degree felonies.

Later in 2013, he was ordered to successfully complete a residential treatment program after violations of his probation, records show. In 2014, violations earned him another go at treatment in a relapse program.

In other hearings, Ian Andrew Niehaus, 31, Hillsboro, was continued on community control and ordered to complete residential treatment after he admitted to violating his probation by failing to report, consuming drugs, and failing to complete his previously ordered treatment.

Niehaus pled guilty to third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs in 2014 and was sentenced to community control.

Nicholas Lightner, 38, Greenfield admitted to violating his community control and is to be sentenced in June on the matter. He previously pled guilty to heroin trafficking and trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance, both fifth-degree felonies. In December he was sentenced to probation and was to complete treatment.

Dustin Wade Lightner, 36, Greenfield, was continued on community control, but ordered to complete a residential treatment program after he admitted to violations. He was initially sentenced to community control in December after pleading guilty to fourth-degree felony trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school and fifth-degree felony heroin trafficking.

Donald G. Hostetter, 37, Hillsboro, pled guilty Fridady to fourth-degree felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and will be sentenced next month. According to the plea agreement filed with the court, there is no agreed upon sentencing recommendation, but the state and defense are to argue sentencing.

Kimra A. Snyder, 25, Greenfield, pled guilty to two drug trafficking charges, both fourth-degree felonies, and is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

Joseph N. Houk Jr., 56, Lynchburg, was sentenced Friday to three years community control for third-degree felony failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. Records show he pled guilty to the charge in March.

Larry McQuitty, 66, Hillsboro, pled guilty to third-degree felony marijuana possession and is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

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

Other defendants admit to violating supervision

By Angela Shepherd

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