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Jail time for defendant charged with obstructing justice

A defendant began serving a local jail sentence Monday for her role in helping three juveniles skip town after pummeling a corrections officer and escaping the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center.



Stephanie Johnson, 31, of Bellefontaine, told Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor she’s ready to put the matter behind her, and was prepared to begin serving her 90-day jail sentence for one-count of obstructing justice, a third-degree felony.

Ms. Johnson also was sentenced to five years’ community control and ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs.

She apologized to the court for her actions. Defense attorney Marc S. Triplett told the court his client was unaware the boys had so badly beaten corrections officer Tim Klingelhofer prior to their escape.

In a Nov. 19 plea, the defendant admitted to giving a ride to Caleb Jacobs, Danny Ellis and Devante Smith after they escaped from the JDC.

Ms. Johnson, along with Stormi Kiser — another female charged with helping the escapees — returned to a residence at 217 S. Park St. on the evening of March 6 and found the boys there. The women took Caleb to Tim Horton’s where he met up with the third female, Catherine Sine.

Ms. Johnson and Ms. Kiser took Danny and Devante to the Indian Lake area where the boys allegedly stole a car and fled south before they were captured near Cincinnati.

Ms. Johnson originally was indicted for complicity to escape and two counts of obstructing justice.

Ms. Sine is currently serving 90 days in jail. Ms. Kiser is housed at the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility.

Cases against Danny Ellis Jr. and Caleb Jacobs are still pending. Devante Smith was previously sentenced to six months in the juvenile detention facility in Xenia.  

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