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Woman pleads guilty to helping escaped juveniles

A woman charged with aiding the escape of three teenagers from the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center confessed to her involvement this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

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Catherine Sine, 25, of 17409 County Road 85, Belle Center, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony.

Prosecutors are recommending a stay at the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility for women as part of the plea agreement. She will be sentenced Oct. 8.

The defendant admitted to driving Caleb Jacobs, 17, to Columbus to hide out with a relative following his escape from the JDC alongside 15-year-olds Danny Ellis and Devante Smith.

Two other women have been charged with obstruction of justice for assisting Danny and Devante get to Indian Lake where the teenagers later stole a car and fled to Cincinnati.

Stormi Kiser, 27, of 6089 County Road 26, pleaded guilty Aug. 17 to obstructing justice and will be sentenced Sept. 24. She, too, has been recommended for a stint at the community women’s facility.

The third female charged with helping the juveniles, Stephanie Johnson, 30, of Bellefontaine, has had her case continued until December, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart said, adding that she has been offered the same plea deal as her co-defendants.

The women originally were charged with two counts of obstructing justice and complicity to escape.

Devante pleaded guilty July 3 to delinquency counts of complicity to felonious assault, complicity assault on a corrections officer, escape and unauthorized use of motor vehicle. He is currently serving his sentence of at least six months at the Department of Youth Services facility in Xenia.

Danny and Caleb are in the midst of a multi-step process that could see them bound over to common pleas court and tried as adults for their alleged beating of Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Klingelhofer the night of the escape.

Read more Logan County Common Pleas Court news in Thursday's Examiner.

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