Four defendants were sentenced to prison in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, including a Greenfield man who will serve four years on a drug charge.
Thomas Cornett, 46, entered a plea agreement and pled guilty to second-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile.
Charges for illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile and endangering children were dismissed.
The state and defense jointly recommended four years of incarceration.
When asked, Cornett told the court that he had been to prison once before. Judge Rocky Coss said this was Cornett’s third felony conviction.
The judge followed the recommendation, sentencing Cornett to four years in prison.
Jammie Hudson, 38, Wilmington, was also sentenced to prison. She pled guilty to third-degree felony possession of heroin in June.
The state and the defense jointly recommended a 30-month sentence.
Defense attorney Lee Koogler described his client as “very emotional,” adding: “I don’t think she was fully prepared for today.”
Hudson tearfully told the court, “I am very remorseful. I’m sorry this happened. I’ve never been in trouble before … sorry.”
Coss said her case involved drug traffickers and told her: “Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, ‘If you lay down with dogs, you’re going to get fleas.’”
Hudson was sentenced to 30 months in prison. She is eligible to be considered for judicial release into the STAR program after six months.
Also sentenced to prison was Zachary A. Campbell, 26, Greenfield. He pled guilty to third-degree felony unlawful sexual conduct with a minor last month.
Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins told the court that the incident reportedly involved a 13-year old girl.
“This is a serious offense for which he should be sentenced to prison,” Collins said. The state recommended a 30-month sentence.
Defense attorney Kathryn Hapner said Campbell had “literally no criminal history” prior to this case. She added that Campbell “had sex with (the juvenile). He did not rape her.”
“If he had known her age, this would not have happened,” Hapner said.
The judge said he did not agree with Hapner’s assessment that Campbell did not know the girl’s age.
He added that while the juvenile had been “agreeable,” the incident “is still a crime.”
Campbell was sentenced to 18 months in prison, with no judicial release. He was also designated as a tier II sex offender.
Joseph Hunley, 39, Mount Orab, received a nine-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine. As per an agreement, a second count was dismissed.
Hunley told the court that he is currently serving a prison sentence. According to Collins, that sentence is also out of Highland County. She added that Hunley reportedly committed his newest charges while he was awaiting sentencing on the other case.
Hunley told the court that doing drugs was “the most ridiculous thing I ever did in my life.”
A nine-month prison sentence, which was jointly recommended, will run consecutively to the sentence Hunley is currently serving.
A total of eight defendants were sentenced to community control:
• Clint Manor, 35, Leesburg, on third-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine;
• Susanna Manor, 29, Leesburg, on third-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine;
• Bradley Cox, 35, Washington C.H., on fifth-degree felony forgery;
• Herman Quarles, 31, Lynchburg, on third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs;
• Jacob Cox, 19, Greenfield, on third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs;
• Terry Olderham, 62, Hillsboro, on fifth-degree felony vandalism;
• Patricia Santrock, 67, Hillsboro, on fifth-degree felony trafficking in drugs;
• Jonathon Pursley, 27, Sabina, on fifth-degree felony possession of heroin.
Pursley was also sentenced to 15 days in jail after a relative in the courtroom said Pursley “uses heroin every day.”
The relative added, “He can’t stay clean long enough to get his (Vivitrol) shot.”
When asked, Pursley said he would fail a drug test.
The judge told him, “Everybody here is hoping you’ll beat this.” As such, a jail sentence was ordered to give Pursley time to detox for his Vivitrol shots.
In other cases, intervention in lieu of conviction was terminated for Gregory Wallace, 19, Hillsboro. He previously pled guilty to three counts of fifth-degree felony trafficking in marijuana.
On Wednesday, Wallace admitted to violations. Sentencing is set for next month.
Jason McCoy, 19, Hillsboro, entered an agreement on fifth-degree felony possession of heroin. He was granted intervention in lieu of conviction.
Also entering an agreement was Amanda Hafer, 32, Hillsboro. She pled guilty to third-degree felony endangering children.
Charges for illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of juveniles and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs in the vicinity or juveniles were dismissed.
A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing is set for next month.
Alice Kinney, 67, Hillsboro, rejected a plea offer. A jury trial is set for Aug. 24. She is charged with fourth-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs, as well as a forfeiture specification.
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