GREENVILLE – Telling him “it’s prove yourself time,” Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein on Wednesday sentenced Anthony Madden to 18 months in prison with the possibility of an early judicial release.
Madden, 18, pleaded guilty in July to one charge of aggravated burglary.
Since being incarcerated in the Darke County Jail, Madden has spent a majority of his time in lockdown for bad behavior.
“How is he going to behave out, if he can’t behave inside jail?” asked Darke County Prosecutor Kelly Ormsby. “I don’t see how probation is going to work with Mr. Madden.”
Ormsby suggested Hein order a prison term with early judicial release – if Madden learns how to deal with his anger and behavioral issues while incarcerated.
Hein agreed. “Learning discipline is a big deal,” he told Madden.
Also appearing in court Wednesday were the following:
* Cynthia Moyer, 45, of Greenville, appeared via video from the Dayton Correctional Institute for a judicial release hearing. In June, Moyer was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of aggravated vehicular assault and endangering children, stemming from an incident in November 2017.
According to court records, while under the influence of meth, Moyer drove into a parked car, resulting in serious leg injuries to a child riding in her car.
“I believe she has seen the error of her ways,” Moyer’s defense attorney David Rohrer told Hein.
Assistant Darke County Prosecutor Deborah Quigley disagreed with Rohrer.
“The state believes the 12-month term was warranted in this case,” Quigley said, citing the severity of the child’s injuries, which continue to be treated.
Moyer was given the opportunity to speak.
“I see and know the error of my ways,” she said. “I don’t ever want this to happen again. I have seen the destruction my actions caused. I would like to be a productive member of society.”
Hein granted Moyer’s request for early release and sentenced her to up to 60 months of post-release supervision, but cautioned her that this “was a trial run” and the remainder of her sentence would be served if she violated probation.
* Jerry Worley, 60, of Lewisburg, was sentenced to 14 days in jail with one day credit. In July, Worley entered a guilty plea for one count of aggravated possession of drugs.
Worley told Hein he was expecting to begin a truck driving job in the next couple of weeks.
“I have an issue with an individual driving a large semi-truck with meth problems,” Quigley said.
Rohrer said he believes his client should be given the opportunity to be on community control.
Worley told Hein he had been attending several self-help groups, including Bible study and drug treatment to help with his addiction issues.
Hein responded by telling Worley that at his age he was going to give him the opportunity “to figure it out.”
After his two-weeks in jail, Worley will be placed on 60 months of community control sanctions.
PHOTO CAPTION: Anthony Madden will serve prison time for burglary. (Susan Hartley photo)