GREENVILLE – Several defendants appeared before Judge Jonathan P. Hein on Tuesday, including two on Grand Jury indictments.
* Brandy J. Minnich, 42, of Greenville, has been indicted on one charge of obstructing justice, a fifth degree felony, which carries a 12-month prison sentence and a $2,500 fine. Minnich’s attorney David Rohrer entered a not guilty plea on Minnich’s behalf. Hein continued Minnich’s own recognizance bond and set a status conference for Nov. 5. The charge stems from an incident taking place Sept. 6.
* Robert Derringer Jr., 38, of Arcanum, was indicted on two charges, including burglary, a second degree felony and receiving stolen property, a fourth degree felony. Derringer faces a 9 and a half-year prison sentence and a $20,000 fine if convicted. Rohrer entered a not guilty plea on his client’s behalf. Hein continued Derringer’s own recognizance bond and set a pre-trial conference for Nov. 5.
Also appearing Tuesday were:
* Gary Morris, 30, of Dayton, appeared via video from the Darke County Jail. Morris was arraigned on two charges – aggravated possession of drugs (meth) and receiving stolen property (a vehicle). The incident took place Sept. 4. His attorney, Randall Breaden entered a not guilty plea and Hein continued the defendant’s $15,000 cash bond until housing could be verified for a possible release from the jail.
* David Hampton, 37, of Union City, Ohio, has been charged with one count of domestic violence. According to court records, Hampton has several prior domestic violence charges. Hampton faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty. Breaden entered a not guilty plea on his client’s behalf. Hein continued Hampton’s own recognizance bond and ordered him to continue to meet with the probation department and follow community control sanctions previously set.
* Steven Stith, 54, of Celina, has been charged with violating community control on the original charges of possession of heroin and driving while under the influence. According to the probation department, Stith tested positive for THC and cocaine and was not making court-ordered restitution payments. Stith told Hein he fell off the wagon when he moved to Dayton for work. Hein continued the defendant’s intervention program in order to “see about getting you back on track.” Hein also advised Stith to report to Recovery & Wellness.
* Sterling Seiler, 25, of Greenville, was charged with one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse into the Darke County Jail and one count of aggravated menacing. According to Seiler’s attorney, Randall Breaden, jail employees found “a particle” of meth on some cash Seiler had in his pocket. Seiler was jailed due to an incident which occurred at Wayne HealthCare.
“I don’t think Mr. Seiler knew he had it in his pocket,” Breaden told Hein. “I don‘t think prison is an appropriate” sentence. Breaden made two suggestions to Hein on what to do with Seiler, including putting him on community control or sentence him to 122 days, giving him credit for the 122 days already served.
During his time to address the court, Seiler told Hein while he was serving a previous sentence he thought he’d hit rock bottom when his father died and he was unable to attend the funeral.
“It can get worse,” Hein said, “because you keep running to drugs. It’s not rock bottom until you stop using.”
Hein ordered Seiler to up to 60 months community control sanctions.
* Megan Venturino, 30, of Greenville, entered a guilty plea Tuesday to two counts of aggravated possession of drugs – meth – and one charge of aggravated possession of drugs – fentanyl. After approving an intervention program and up to 60 months supervision for Venturino, Hein gave her a personal challenge.
“Someday some 20-year-old girl is going to need some help,” he said, urging Venturino to get her life in order so she could assist others finding themselves involved in drugs.
PHOTO CAPTION: Brandy Minnich appears in Darke County Common Pleas Court with attorney Randall Breaden. (Susan Hartley photo).