Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A defendant who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison highlights recent cases disposed in Logan County Common Pleas Court.
Korey Grandi, 26, of Lewistown, pleaded guilty to burglary and violating a civil protection order and was sentenced to two years in prison by Judge Mark S. O’Connor.
The defendant was set to go to trial beginning Jan. 23. No plea agreement had been reached as recently as Jan. 13.
In addition to the charges to which he ultimately pleaded guilty, an August indictment also charged the defendant with aggravated burglary.
Another defendant pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of drugs and was sentenced on that charge, and another felony she committed in 2011.
Ashley Runkle, 21, of Belle Center, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and was sentenced to the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility and five years’ community control for the possession charge, and one felony count of theft.
Ms. Runkle pleaded guilty to theft in March 2012 and was admitted onto the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program. Had she successfully completed the program, which includes three years of community control-type sanctions and other rehabilitation programming, the felony would have been erased from her record.
Instead, pleading guilty to the additional felony charge of possession of drugs meant the judge could sentence her on that years old felony immediately.
Three other defendants have pleaded guilty since Jan. 15. They are:
• Mark Hayes, 47, of Huntsville: passing bad checks, and he was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program;
• Steven Angel, 38, at large: non-support of dependents. A presentence investigation was ordered and he will be sentenced Feb. 18; and
• Robert Cobb, 28, at large: trafficking in drugs. A presentence investigation was ordered and he will be sentenced Feb. 24.