Created on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 Written by NATE SMITH
A teenage defendant on the cusp of receiving treatment for his alcohol problem at a community based correctional facility, saw his mouth land him a prison term instead.
Jonathon Canter, 19, of Plain City, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for burglary and breaking and entering.
The defendant has racked up a pile of theft, burglary and breaking and entering offenses in Logan, Union and Madison counties. A presentence investigation revealed he has six pending cases out of Marysville Municipal Court and there is an active bench warrant for his arrest.
Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor had advised the defendant to consult his counsel in Union County and try to work out a deal so that he may gain admittance into the six-month residential treatment program at the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility.
The defendant wanted probation. He told the judge he desired to stop drinking alcohol, which led to his criminal charges. He used the words “childish” and “immature” to describe his behavior.
Even as he was about to sentence the teenager to West Central, Judge O’Connor wasn’t buying the defendant’s line about wanting to change.
“I don’t believe a word you’re telling me,” the judge said. “I think you’re a con man.”
It wasn’t until Mr. Canter questioned his sentence, however, that the judge really lost his patience. The defendant started on something about why he would go to West Central with cases pending when he was firmly cut off.
“Would you like to go to prison?” Judge O’Connor asked. “I’ll just send you to prison instead.”
As the hearing concluded and the defendant was being led out, he sarcastically thanked the court.
“You’re welcome,” the judge replied.
Defendant sentenced to community control for possession
Tricia Angles, 32, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to five years’ community control and ordered to pay court costs for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.
The defendant has a six-year history of heroin abuse that has led to prison terms for theft in Greene County and possession of heroin in Champaign County, both in 2007.
She overdosed and nearly died at a hospital, defense attorney Dan Bennett said, noting that incident has helped set her on a path to recovery. She relapsed once, but is again in treatment for her drug addiction.
The judge observed the defendant is likely to re-offend, given her, “low performance on past sanctions,” and her “pattern of drug abuse.”
Other cases handled before Judge O’Connor included:
• Kareem Williams, 24, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He was arrested March 20 following an undercover drug buy involving the sale of $200 worth of heroin. He will be sentenced July 8. He was arrested following the hearing and lodged in Logan County Jail on a warrant from the Adult Parole Authority for failure to report;
• Brittany Mackesy, 22, of West Liberty, pleaded guilty to theft involving a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. She participated in a Jan. 7 theft of an all-terrain vehicle from Lakeview Hardware. She will be sentenced July 8;
• Amber Barker Weigel, 26, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to 30 days in Logan County Jail, five years’ community control and ordered to pay restitution for receiving stolen property; and
• Tito Kpabe, 27, of Columbus, was sentenced to 60 days in Logan County Jail, five years’ community control and ordered to pay a $500 fine and restitution for burglary, a fourth-degree felony.