Clinton County felony sentences


By Nathan Kraatz - [email protected]



WILMINGTON — The following report is compiled from a criminal case disposition report provided by the Clinton County Clerk of Courts. The following cases were tried in Clinton County Court of Common Pleas, presided over by Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck and his magistrates. Common Pleas handles felony criminal cases.

The defendant’s name, village or city of residence, crime, degree of felony and sentence are provided by the report. Felonies are ranked from F1 (most serious) to F5 (least serious). Defendants found guilty also must pay court costs, but those amounts aren’t included in the disposition report.

The following were sentenced by Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck from Dec. 14-28:

• Michael Hochadel, 30, of Sabina, two counts aggravated trafficking in drugs (F3), sentenced 12 months prison (credit given for six days served), operator’s license suspended for two years, contraband forfeited, $175 restitution to be paid to the Warren County Drug Task Force. Two separate charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs were dismissed.

• Brian Applegate, 36, of Sabina, aggravated trafficking in drugs (F4), sentenced nine months prison (credit given for 84 days served), operator’s license suspended for one year, $20 restitution to the Warren County Drug Task Force, contraband forfeited. A charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs and a charge of aggravated possession of drugs were dismissed.

• Donald Cox II, 31, of Sabina, trafficking in heroin (F4) and possession of heroin (F5), sentenced six months prison (credit given for 18 days served), two years community control, operator’s license suspended for one year, $60 restitution to the Warren County Drug Task Force. A separate charge of trafficking in heroin was dismissed.

• Dee Rogers, 32, of Wilmington, aggravated trafficking in drugs (F4) and endangering children (misdemeanor), sentenced six months prison (credit given for seven days served; remainder suspended), two years community control, operator’s license suspended for six months, $500 fine, contraband and $195 forfeited. A charge of aggravated possession of drugs was dismissed.

• Michelle Plowman, 39, of Lynchburg, trafficking in heroin (F5), sentenced 12 months prison (credit given for 18 days served), community control revoked.

• Lucas Foster, 27, of Washington Court House, two counts trafficking in heroin (F5 and F4), sentenced six months prison (credit given for 13 days served; remainder suspended), two years community control, operator’s license suspended for six months, contraband forfeited, $285 restitution to the Warren County Drug Task Force. Two other charges of trafficking in heroin were dismissed.

• Phillip Watson, 31, of Reynoldsburg, aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in heroin (F4), sentenced 12 months prison (credit given for 11 days served), operator’s license suspended for one year, contraband forfeited, $450 restitution to the Warren County Drug Task Force. A separate charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs and three counts of trafficking in heroin were dismissed.

• Melissa Irwin, 33, of Fayetteville, trafficking in marijuana (F5), sentenced nine months prison (credit given for 183 days served), community control revoked.

Also sentenced were:

• Austin Buckalew, 21, of Wilmington, grand theft (F1), sentenced six months prison (credit given for six days served; remainder suspended), two years’ community control. A charge of passing bad checks and a separate charge of grand theft were dismissed.

• Michael Binegar, 56, of Hillsboro, driving under the influence (F3), sentenced 12 months prison (credit given for four days served), $1,350 fine, operator’s license suspended for 10 years, vehicle forfeited to Ohio State Highway Patrol. A separate charge of driving under the influence was dismissed.

• Jason Collins, 28, of Springfield, two counts nonsupport of a dependent (F5), sentenced six months prison (credit given for 25 days served; remainder suspended), five years community control. A separate charge of nonsupport was dismissed.

Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-556-5766 or on Twittter @NathanKraatz.

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By Nathan Kraatz

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