5 receive sentences in Darke County Common Pleas Court for burglary, drugs


By Erik Martin - emartin@aimmedianetwork.com



Tesla Fox (left, with attorney Robert Long) reads a statement of apology Thursday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. Fox pleaded guilty to participating in a series of burglaries and to drug possession.


Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

Brandon Middaugh (left, with attorney Randall Breaden) was found guilty of two fifth-degree felony drug charges and a fourth-degree felony charge of assaulting a peace officer.


Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

GREENVILLE — Five people were sentenced for various offenses Thursday in Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Tesla N. Fox, 21, of Greenville, Ohio, was sentenced to up to 60 months of community control and was credited for 50 days of time served in jail for her part in a series of burglaries committed with three others — Michael Bowles, Terry Goodpaster and Peter Cheadle.

Goodpaster and Bowles received four and a half years and four years prison time, respectively, for their role in the burglaries. Cheadle still awaits trial.

In addition to two counts of complicity to commit burglary, third-degree felonies, Fox also pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony count of cocaine possession. She was represented in court by defense attorney Robert Long. Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley represented the state.

Quigley noted that Fox had been cooperative with the prosecution and the state was not opposed to community control sanctions and payment of restitution to the victims.

Fox read a statement to the court, apologizing to the victims.

“My addiction has caused me to do things I would never do in my life and that I will regret the rest of my life,” she said.

Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein sentenced Fox to pay restitution in the amount of $28,578.02 to one family, $500 to another and $125 for lab fees. She will also be required to pay court costs and perform 100 hours of community service.

Brandon L. Middaugh, 32, of Union City, Ohio, was sentenced to up to 60 months of community control and credited with 113 days of jail time served for two fifth-degree felony drug charges as well as a fourth-degree felony charge of assaulting a peace officer. He was represented by defense attorney Randall Breaden. Assistant Prosecutor James Bennett represented the state.

In addition to community control and time served, Middaugh was ordered to pay $125 in restitution for lab fees, court costs, and perform 75 hours of community service.

Dustin C. Copp, 28, of Greenville, received a sentence of 60 days in jail with 17 days time served and up to 60 months of community control after pleading guilty to fourth- and fifth-degree felony counts of aggravated drug trafficking. He was represented by Breaden. Copp was one of many suspects arrested in a county-wide drug sting in March. He has previously served four years in prison. He must also pay court costs, $370 in restitution, and perform 75 hours of community service.

Joshua Green, 40, of Greenville, was sentenced to up to 60 months of community control and credited with 23 days of jail time served after pleading guilty to aggravated trafficking of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. He must perform 75 hours of community service, pay court costs, and pay $125 for lab fees. He was represented by Breaden.

Thomas R. Rutter, 50, of Bradford, Ohio, was sentenced to up to 60 months of community control after pleading guilty to a fourth-degree charge of aggravated assault. He received five days of jail, with five days credited. He must also pay court costs and perform 75 hours of community service. He was represented by defense attorney Matthew Pierron.

Tesla Fox (left, with attorney Robert Long) reads a statement of apology Thursday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. Fox pleaded guilty to participating in a series of burglaries and to drug possession.
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/06/web1_Tesla-Fox-0652-PRINT.jpgTesla Fox (left, with attorney Robert Long) reads a statement of apology Thursday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. Fox pleaded guilty to participating in a series of burglaries and to drug possession. Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

Brandon Middaugh (left, with attorney Randall Breaden) was found guilty of two fifth-degree felony drug charges and a fourth-degree felony charge of assaulting a peace officer.
http://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/06/web1_Brandon-Middaugh-0647-PRINT.jpgBrandon Middaugh (left, with attorney Randall Breaden) was found guilty of two fifth-degree felony drug charges and a fourth-degree felony charge of assaulting a peace officer. Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

By Erik Martin

emartin@aimmedianetwork.com

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