GREENVILLE — Two men were sentenced and one arraigned Friday in Darke County Common Pleas Court.
Joseph D. Dye, 37, of Greenville, was sentenced to 15 days in jail with three days credited, 30 days of house arrest, and up to five years of community control after pleading guilty to charges of domestic violence and failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, both fourth-degree felonies, and driving under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Dye was arrested April 12 following a physical altercation at home with his wife. He was represented in court by defense attorney Randall Breaden. Assistant Prosecutor James Bennett represented the state.
In addition to community control, house arrest and jail time, Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein ordered Dye to pay court costs, attend rehab and AA meetings, perform 100 hours of community service, and a three-year license suspension with work privileges. If he fails to comply with the terms of his sentence, he could face up to 90 days in jail.
Nicholas J. Halley, 27, of Greenville, avoided jail time after pleading guilty to charges of importuning and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, both fifth-degree felonies. He entered a guilty plea in August. The defendant was accused of exchanging sexual images via text message with a girl between the ages of 13 and 16. He was represented in court by Breaden.
Halley was sentenced to up to five years of community control, must pay court costs and a fine of $500, and perform 100 hours of community service. As a term of sentencing, he is prohibited from possessing pornographic material. If he fails to comply with all terms, Halley could face up to nine months in prison.
Jimmy D. Edwards, 48, of Union City, Indiana, appeared in court via video teleconference to answer to charges of rape and aggravated burglary, both first-degree felonies.
Edwards was arrested by Union City Police September 22, accused of raping a 17-year old girl at her residence. He is currently being held in custody at the Darke County Jail on $100,000 bond. Breaden represented Edwards in court and entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley represented the state.
If convicted, Edwards faces up to 11 years in prison and a $20,000 fine on each charge. He would also be required to register as a sex offender and would be subject to five years of post-release control. His next court date is October 23.
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