Escapee sentenced on other charges


A Hillsboro man that recently fled from the Highland Court of Common Pleas before being captured two hours later was sentenced to 18 months in prison on the charge he was facing when he decided to flea.

Nichlas Tilliard, 34, was sentenced to 12 months at the Corrections Reception Center in Orient on one count of endangering children, a fourth-degree felony, which was ordered to be “concurrent to” six months in the Highland County Jail for one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Tilliard was also given 66 days of jail-time credit.

According to court documents for both counts, on Dec. 10, 2022, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office received a report stating that Tilliard entered a residence on Aberdeen Way near Hillsboro and assaulted them. The victim also reported that Tillard broke the television, broke a key off the deadbolt and then left on foot while wearing a bright yellow coat.

The victim said he entered the living room and saw their child open the front door for Tilliard. The victim said she went to the front door to try and shut it to keep Tilliard out. She indicated that they were able to shut the door, but didn’t realize the keys were still in it.

The victim said that after Tilliard was inside the residence, he started to choke them while the victim was holding another child. The victim said she started to lose consciousness and dropped the child. She told the deputy that she started “begging” Tilliard to let them move the younger child away, after which Tilliard “was banging Hiatt’s head off the corner of the doorway.”

The victim indicated that Tilliard entered the bedroom and broke the television then took a cell phone away from the older child when they were trying to call 911. The deputy reported that the victim had marks on her neck, a bruise on her arm and a scrape on her elbow.

Tilliard was also previously convicted of child endangerment in Hillsboro Municipal Court on April 15, 2021.

He was fled the court last Wednesday as he was being sentenced.

In other sentencings, Robert Ballein, 52, Mount Gilead, was sentenced to six total years in prison on two counts of aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school zone, one being a first-degree felony and the other being a second-degree felony, with the sentencing for each count ordered to be consecutive.

Court records state that Ballein was ordered to pay restitution of $320.

According to court documents for the first two counts, around Feb. 21, 2021 and Oct. 27, 2020, Ballein and two other co-conspirators knowingly sold or offered to sell meth in the vicinity of a school zone.

Tyler Hunley, 37, Midland, was sentenced to three years of community control on two counts of misuse of a credit card, one being a fourth-degree felony and another being a fifth-degree felony. Hunley was also accepted into the New Way to Recovery Drug Court Docket. Court records stated that Hunley must successfully complete STAR and the treatment plan following the completion of STAR.

Jeremiah Johnson, 34, Chillicothe, was sentenced to three years of community control on one count of illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony. Court records stated that he must successfully complete Substance Use Disorder residential treatment and recommended aftercare and also reimburse the county for attorney fees and costs.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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