Three defendants head to prison


Three defendants in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday were sentenced to prison, and two of them received additional prison time as they were on post-release control from previous prison terms.

A Greenfield man pled guilty to charges in three cases and was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Jody Lee Watson Jr., 31, pled guilty to third degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, third-degree felony failure to register as a sex offender, and fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine.

He was sentenced to a total of 39 months in prison, but as Watson was on post-release control supervision following a previous stint in prison and had more than 300 days left on that time, an additional year was tacked onto the 39 months.

Michael Lawson, 35, Blanchester, previously pled guilty to a heroin possession charge and a drug possession charge, both fifth-degree felonies. He was sentenced on Tuesday to nine months in prison on each count, and those sentences are to run consecutively.

He has been to prison before, according to the court, but Lawson told the court that he had never been offered treatment before and he would like the chance to have treatment.

Judge Rocky Coss noted that in between prison terms Lawson had more than a year to seek treatment, but didn’t. The judge said getting treatment was up to the individual. He said if Lawson was serious about getting better, he could seek treatment options after his release from prison.

Lawson was also on post-release control supervision and had 446 days remaining, Coss said. That time is to be served consecutive to the 18-month sentence imposed on Tuesday.

Jeremy Alan Curtis, 40, Wilmington, was sentenced to18 months in prison on one count of trafficking in marijuana, a third-degree felony. He pled guilty to the charge last month.

In other hearings, Chancellor S. Krebs, 23, Bainbridge, pled guilty to fifth-degree felony breaking and entering. He was sentenced to community control and treatment.

Prior to his guilty plea, a hearing was held in regard to a motion for intervention in lieu of conviction, which would have given Krebs the chance to undergo treatment. If successful in the program the felony against him would be dismissed. But the judge denied the motion based on the defendant’s history with the municipal court and his walking away from two previous treatment programs.

Kyle J. Smallwood, 36, Hillsboro, pled guilty to fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Storm R. Amyx, 21, Hillsboro, pled guilty to receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, and was admitted into the prosecutor’s diversion program.

The diversion program is for first-time, low-level felony offenders. If a defendant completes the program successfully then the charges against them are dropped.

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

Jody Lee Watson Jr. is pictured Tuesday in Highland County Common Pleas Court with defense attorney Bill Armintrout. Lee Watson Jr. is pictured Tuesday in Highland County Common Pleas Court with defense attorney Bill Armintrout.
Time tacked on to two sentences Tuesday

By Angela Shepherd

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