Michael Brown, 20, Defiance, enters the courtroom for his arraignment in the Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday. Brown pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated burglary and felonious assault stemming back to an incident late last year. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT - Another Defiance resident was in a Van Wert courtroom this week to face aggravated burglary and felonious assault charges. On Wednesday, 20-year-old Michael Brown was arraigned on the two felony counts in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. The two charges carry a combined 19-year maximum prison sentence. Brown pleaded not guilty.Last Wednesday, 27-year-old Dominique Brown of Defiance pleaded not guilty to charges in Van Wert. The charges in the two cases stem from the same incident late last year.
Yesterday, Michael Brown's attorney, Dillon Staas, revealed that his client had also been charged with armed robbery in Defiance County.
Van Wert Common Pleas Court Judge Charles D. Steele ordered Brown held on a $100,000 cash bond. A pretrial hearing was set for Feb. 19.
Meanwhile, a Delphos man pleaded guilty to an amended charge of assault. Jeremy Kent, 29, had been charged with third-degree felony harassment by bodily substances prior to Wednesday's hearing. He was released on bond and will be back in court on March 6 for sentencing. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim in the case.
Also on Wednesday, William Shinnaberry, 20, Van Wert, admitted to violating the terms of his probation by being unsuccessfully terminated from the WORTH Center. Shinnaberry had been sent to the WORTH Center for a previous parole violation.
Steele sentenced Shinnaberry to a previously deferred 12-month prison sentence, but gave credit for 208 days already served in the case.
Nicole Raines, 32, Van Wert, was sentenced 30 days of electronically monitored house arrest and 30 days in jail as part of three years of community control. Raines had been found guilty of trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree. As part of the sentence, Raines must also compete a substance abuse treatment program, give up her drivers license of six months, perform 100 hours of community service, and pay fees and court costs. The vehicle she used in commission of the crime. A nine-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Dewey Hammons, 46, Fort Jennings, was sentenced to three years of community control on a fifth-degree felony charge of theft. Hammons told Steele that he had found some of his own items at his nephew's home, so he took a firearm from his nephew "to teach him a lesson." In court on Wednesday, Hammons admitted it was not the way he should have handled the situation.
As part of community control Hammons must serve 30 days in jail, perform 100 hours of community service, pay restitution of $1,250 and court costs. A six-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Zachary Brinkman, 24, Middle Point, entered a guilty plea to possession of heroin, a felony of the fifth degree. He was granted treatment in lieu of conviction. Brinkman will have one year to complete his treatment program to have the opportunity to have the charge against him dropped and the record sealed.
Tanya Turner, 32, Payne, entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft. Turner will be sentenced on March 6.
Michael Coombs, Jr. 29, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony charge of trafficking marijuana. Two other marijuana trafficking charged against Coombs were dropped in exchange for his plea. He was found to have attempted to sell pot on April 10, 2012. As part of the plea agreement, Coombs will also make restitution of $370 to the West Ohio Crime Task Force. Sentencing was set for April 3.
Four persons appeared in Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. Kevin Clay, 27, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to a pair of breaking and entering counts, each a felony of the fifth degree. Clay was charged with incidents at Van Wert Glass and at Elmco Engineering. He was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond. Sentencing was scheduled for March 20.
Kim Mileto, 55, Van Wert, filed a motion to withdraw her guilty plea to misdemeanor attempted forgery, but her motion was denied. Steele then placed Mileto on community control for one year and gave her a 30-day jail term as part of that sentence. She must also perform 50 hours of community service, pay fees and court costs, and pay restitution to Cashland of $1,036 by Aug. 15. A 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Jessica Thompson, 27, Van Wert, admitted to a probation violation for being in a prohibited place, using heroin, and being out past curfew. Just two weeks ago, Thomas was given judicial release from prison. On Tuesday, she was sentenced again to three years of community control, this time including a stay of up to six months at the WORTH Center. A nine-month and a six-month prison sentence were deferred pending successful completion of community control.
Rodney Walker, 41, Van Wert admitted to violating his probation by consuming alcoholic beverages. He was given a 60-day jail sentence as part of three years of community control. A nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending successful completion of community control.