Court conducts video arraignments

GREENVILLE – The following appeared before Judge Jonathan P. Hein in Darke County Common Pleas Court for hearings:

* Michael Keeton, 32, of Richmond, Ind. appeared Thursday via video for arraignment on charges of aggravated robbery and misuse of a credit card. He faces from 3-15 years on both charges – with three years mandatory due to use or brandishing of a weapon during the robbery.

Assistant Prosecutor Jim Bennett suggested Hein order a $100,000 bond for Keeton due to the fact that a SWAT team was used to take Keeton into custody in Indianapolis when the defendant knew Greenville Police Department was looking for him. Bennett said he also considered Keeton to be a “flight risk” due to his not living in the Darke County area.

Keeton’s attorney, Brian Muenchenbach of Eaton, told Hein he didn’t “feel” his client was a “flight risk or a danger to the community” and if released would be residing with his mother in Centerville, Ind. Muenchenbach said he would like Hein to consider an own recognizance bond so his client could continue to work to help support his children.

Hein said he “was not inclined” to order an own recognizance bond because of the defendant’s non-residence in the area and ordered a $30,000 bond. If the defendant posts bond, he will be required to pre-trial supervision. A Feb. 1 pre-trial date was set.

* Steven Evans, 32, of Greenville, appeared for arraignment via video from the Darke County Jail on probation violations for an original charge of having weapons while under disability. He pleaded guilty in September 2018 to the charge. Evans also is on community control for grand theft and burglary charges from 2017.

Evans faces 24 months with credit for time served.

The probation violations include failure to complete the MonDay treatment program, from which he was “booted out for assault,” according to Hein.

Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley asked Hein to impose a $25,000 bond.

When asked his thoughts concerning bond, Evans told Hein he was “hoping to get OR’d. Other than that, I really don’t have anything else to say.”

Hein responded by telling the defendant he was “pretty optimistic” about asking for an own recognizance bond and set a $10,000 bond instead.

Evans’ next appearance will be Jan. 28 for a probable cause and disposition hearing. Hein appointed Randall Breaden to represent Evans.



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