VAN WERT – The following cases were seen in the Van Wert Court of Common Pleas by Judge Martin Burchfield:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020

CHANGE OF PLEA

Christopher Carpenter, 19, Decatur, Indiana, changed his plea to guilty to two counts of gross sexual imposition, F3. The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for March 6 at 10 a.m. 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020

BOND VIOLATIONS

Christina Donate-McClure, 30, Van Wert, admitted to violating her bond by possessing or using harmful intoxicants. Bond was set at $50,000 cash or commercial surety and a pretrial was scheduled for Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. 

Justin Reiley, 37, Van Wert, admitted to violating his bond by failing to appear for his pre-sentence interview at probation. Bond was set at $50,000 cash or commercial surety and the matter was previously scheduled for sentencing on the underlying case for Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

ARRAIGNMENT

Kimberly Miller, 54, Van Wert, entered a not guilty plea to theft from a person in a protected class, F3. She was released on a surety bond with a pretrial set for Feb. 19 at 8 a.m. 

WORK RELEASE VIOLATION

Josh Carroll, 32, Van Wert, appeared for a hearing on a work release violation. He admitted using a cell phone while at work while prohibited. Work release was reinstated.

PROBATION VIOLATION

Kollin Taylor, 19, Van Wert, admitted to violating his probation by being unsuccessfully terminated from WORTH Center. He was sentenced to three years of community control from today. He was returned to WORTH Center to finish the program, and ordered to 200 hours community service and two years of intensive probation. All other previous orders remain in effect. He was also ordered to pay costs and monthly probation fees.

SENTENCING

Phillip Graves, 26, Columbus, was sentenced for failure to register, F4. He was sentenced to nine months in prison and given credit for 82 days served. He was also ordered to pay court costs.

Jered Panning, 21, Van Wert, was sentenced for two counts aggravated trafficking drugs, F4. He was sentenced to 16-months prison with credit for 94 days served on each count, concurrent. He was also ordered to pay court costs and partial appointed counsel fees.

Phillip Vickery, 29, Decatur, was sentenced for trafficking a fentanyl-related compound, F4, and two counts aggravated trafficking drugs, F3, with specifications for forfeiture of money used in the commission of the crimes. He was sentenced to 24 months prison for each count of aggravated trafficking drugs and 18 months prison for the fentanyl count, concurrent. He was given credit for 21 days served and forfeited $60 to Van Wert Sheriff Office. He was also ordered to pay court costs.