Lacey enters guilty plea; several arraigned on charges

GREENVILLE – Darke County Judge Jonathan P. Hein conducted the following hearings on Tuesday, July 10:

* Austin Lacey of Greenville entered a guilty plea on one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drugs (hashish). In addition to possession charges, Lacey was originally charged with two counts of trafficking. Hein dismissed the trafficking charges Tuesday in return for Lacey pleading guilty to possession. The offense took place March 1 of this year. Hein set a sentencing date for Aug. 23.

Appearing before Hein via video conference from the Darke County Jail were:

* Matthew Stokes, 34, of Greenville, was charged with one count of trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, a fifth degree felony. Stokes was transported from Montgomery County Jail on July 6 to Darke County to face his newest charge. He told Hein domestic violence, abduction and inducing panic charges in Montgomery County had been dropped and had been “blown out” of porportion. Hein ordered an own recognizance bond for Stokes and set a status conference hearing for Aug. 20. Hein also ordered Stokes to have no contact with the victim in the Darke County case.

* Ryan Jacobs of Maria Stein was arraigned on charges of OVI (3 or more prior) and DUI, both fourth degree felonies. The incident took place Dec. 24, 2017. Jacobs was released on an own recognizance bond and ordered to follow pre-trial supervision, which includes no alcohol or illegal drug use.

* Patrick J. Flint Jr., 49, at-large, failed to report his address as ordered. Flint told Hein he “needed a little help for once. That’s all I need.” Flint said he was homeless and wanted to get “clean.”

Assistant Prosecutor Jim Bennett told Hein that Flint had provided “bogus” information concerning his address and other contact information to the court. Bennett then suggested Hein set a $50,000 bond. Hein took into consideration Flint’s homeless situation and ordered him to stay in the county jail for another week in order to get “a plan together. You’re not ready to be on the street.” He also ordered a $20,000 bond as well as an evaluation to see if Flint would qualify for Recovery & Wellness Center programs. Hein appointed David Rohrer as Flint’s attorney.

* Steven Evans, 22, of Greenville, has been charged with one count of having weapons while under disability, a third degree felony. Randall Breaden was appointed as Evans’ attorney. He will next appear in court Aug. 21.

* Shenna Yeomans was discharged from the MonDay program for a violation of rules. Court officials in Darke County learned Yeomans had an outstanding warrant in Randolph County, Ind. “with a number of felony charges,” according to Darke County Prosecutor Kelly Ormsby. Hein set a probable cause hearing for Sept. 15 in Darke County Common Pleas Court, giving Randolph County officials time to address Yeoman’s Indiana charges.

PHOTO CAPTION: Austin Lacey with defense attorney Justin Griffis of Sidney, entered a guilty plea to possession in Darke County Common Pleas Court. (Susan Hartley photo)

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