A previously convicted sexual predator was one of three repeat offenders sentenced to prison time Monday in Logan County Common Pleas Court.
Roger L. Hurley, 56, of 11359 Kiowa Path, Lakeview, had pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony count of gross sexual imposition for incidents involving a 12-year-old child in February 2015.
He was convicted of rape in a 1986 case and named a sexual predator when the first sex offender registration laws became retroactive.
The new conviction carries a Tier III sex offender label, which much like the sexual predator classification, requires the offender to register his address and other information with authorities every 90 days for life.
• A Chicago drug dealer with prior convictions was sentenced to 30 months in prison but could be given a chance to prove that he wants to get help for his drug problem
Jonathon Triplett, 24, who said he had moved to Bellefontaine to get away from drugs in his home Chicago area, was being sentenced on third-degree illegal conveyance of drugs into a jail and a fifth-degree felony drug trafficking charges.
Logan County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart said dealers who come in from out of the area pose a threat to the community.
“When they come here selling drugs they are a creating a serious problem for our community,” he said before noting that Mr. Triplett was on probation for drug crimes when the offense occurred.
Mr. Triplett, however, said he came to Ohio to get away from drugs, but his problem came with him.
“I came here from Chicago trying to better myself but I got around the wrong people and started selling cocaine again,” he said.
Judge Mark S. O’Connor said he was torn between offering rehabilitation or setting a precedent to other dealers.
“I need convincing you want to change,” he told Mr. Triplett before sentencing him to 30 months. The judge then said the defendant could apply for judicial release in six months and complete the rehabilitation program at the West Central Community Correctional Facility.
He was given 103 days jail credit.
• A domestic violence offender was placed on community control but given a very short leash.
Thomas Hoskins, 32, of Bellefontaine, was arrested on the felony domestic violence charge on June 17. Prosecutors and defense agreed on the sentence provided Mr. Hoskins complete Consolidated Care Inc. batterers program.
Judge O’Connor, however, was hesitant to go along with the agreement.
“The court is not happy with the recommendation because I don’t think it gives weight to the seriousness of your problem,” he said before warning the offender that it was a “zero tolerance” probation.
Violation of the terms, which include paying a $500 fine and completing drug and alcohol counseling, will result in a term in the West Central Community Correctional Facility, Judge O’Connor said.
• Dustin Bever, 35, of Columbus, was sentenced to five years intensive community control and ordered to pay a $250 fine for possession of drugs. He was ordered to successfully complete the Maryhaven drug rehabilitation as a term of probation.
Katherine Zeller, 43, of Huntsville, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted conveyance of drugs into a jail in connection with a July 26 arrest. She admittedly tried to conceal cocaine while being booked into the Logan County Jail after being found unconscious in a vehicle in the Walgreens parking lot.
• Kelsey L. Thomas, 26, of Bellefontaine, was placed on the intervention in lieu of conviction program for an attempted retaliation charge. She and codefendant Christopher Borders admittedly attacked a witness in a drug prosecution on May 11 outside Speedway, 329 S. Main St.