GREENVILLE – Ronnie L. Jones was indicted April 7 on four felony counts of Trafficking in Heroin, each an F4 offense carrying up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Jones could be facing six years and $20,000 in fines. Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein entered a Not Guilty plea on his behalf and appointed Randall Breaden as his defense attorney. The incidents occurred on Feb. 20, Feb. 21, March 4 and March 5.
Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby said the defendant was already under supervision for a Breaking and Entering charge and recommended the bond set at $25,000. He noted Jones was a graduate of the MonDay program.
Jones asked for OR (own recognizance), telling the court he was halfway through recovery and he was getting ready to take his GED classes; he’d recently graduated from a “Taking Charge of Your Life” class. “I’ve really really really been trying,” he said, “and I’ve never tried to run.”
Hein told the defendant he could be facing sentencing for violation of his probation in addition to the current charges. He ordered Jones retained on $20,000 bond.
Jones’ next appearance will be May 12 for a status conference.