GREENVILLE – Matthew Cain, 33, of Greenville, was sentenced to 36 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of drugs.
Cain appeared before Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein on Monday, with defense attorney Nicole Pohlman.
According to Darke County Prosecutor Kelly Ormsby, the defendant was in possession of “quite a significant amount” of meth when he was arrested March 22.
Ormsby recommended Hein impose a 36 month prison sentence.
Pohlman said her client had “reached that point” where he was ready to “take treatment” for his addiction.
“The willingness is finally there,” Cain said, noting he was “coming to the end of my rope” with addiction to drugs, including heroin, meth and alcohol.
Cain will be eligible for early judicial release after 18 months, depending on his actions while incarcerated.
He will remain in the Darke County Jail until a pending misdemeanor assault case is decided later this month.
Hein also dismissed Cain’s current community control sanctions on another case, but told the defendant he may be eligible for post-release parole sanctions upon completing his prison sentence.
Also Monday, Wayne Richardson, 33, was sentenced to 36 days in jail with 11 days credit for burglary.
Richardson entered a guilty plea in September for the offense – stealing jewelry from a family member of his wife, then pawning it – which occurred in March of this year.
Hein reviewed Richardson’s criminal history, which includes additional thefts from 2010 and 2017 in Indiana.
Richardson told Hein he moved his family to Darke County in order to remove himself from people he said were the cause of his problems.
Hein told Richardson if he wasn’t a thief “then prove it.” pointing out he continued to steal once he moved to Greenville.
“It doesn’t read well,” Hein said of Richardson’s court record.
Hein also ordered Richardson pay $659 in restitution.
Appearing via video conference from the Darke County Jail was Stony Dynes, 55, of Greenville. Dynes has been charged with felonious assault and domestic violence.
A pre-trial was set for Nov. 26.
Also Monday, five defendants received grand jury indictments, including:
* Timothy Schellenbarg, 19, of Greenville, faces several charges, including underage consumption, domestic violence and persistent disorderly conduct. Defense attorney David Rohrer entered a not guilty plea on his client’s behalf. A status conference was set for Dec. 10.
* Larry McGuire, 68, of New Paris, was indicted on five charges of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of drugs and a misdemeanor OVI charge.
Hein continued McGuire’s $25,000 bond and set a status conference date for Dec. 10.
* Anthony Purdin, 41, of Union City, Ind., was indicted on one charge of burglary and one count of theft and/or grand theft. Hein appointed Randall Breaden as Purdin’s defense attorney and set a status conference for Dec. 10. Hein also continued Purdin’s $12,500 bond.
* Monry Oliver of Greenville, has been indicted on two charges – breaking and entering and receiving stolen property. Breaden was appointed his attorney. A Dec. 10 status conference was scheduled. Oliver is free on an own recognizance bond.
* Joseph Braun, 48, of Greenville, faces one charge of possession of drugs. Breaden was appointed as Braun’s defense attorney. A status conference was set for Dec. 10. Braun remains free on an own recognizance bond.
In other court news, on Tuesday defendant Kennietha Woods, 27, of Trotwood, entered a guilty plea to one charge of theft.
Woods was originally indicted on two counts – one for theft and one for breaking and entering.
In exchange for her guilty plea to theft, the breaking and entering charge was dropped.
Hein set Jan. 3 as Woods’ sentencing date and released her on an own recognizance bond.
PHOTO CAPTION: Matthew Cain appeared Monday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. (Susan Hartley photo)