Tarrelle Sumlin sentenced for August drug arrest


DARKE COUNTY — Tarrelle L. Sumlin was sentenced to time served, community control and other conditions after pleading guilty to one felony drug count in court Monday.

Sumlin, 29, of Dayton, Ohio, pleaded guilty in Darke County Common Pleas Court to trafficking cocaine within the vicinity of a school. He was taken into custody at a West Water Street residence in Greenville on August 13 by Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies possessing a search warrant.

Items located during the search included marijuana and prescription pills packaged for sale along with drug paraphernalia. Darke County Children’s Services was contacted due to several children found inside the residence.

A second felony drug count against Sumlin was dismissed.

Handing down his sentence, Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan Hein credited Sumlin with 20 days already served in the Darke County Jail. He ordered Sumlin to pay restitution of $375 within 24 months and court costs within 12 months.

Sumlin was further ordered to report to the Darke County Adult Probation Department to be placed on intensive supervision for 60 months.

Randall Breaden, Sumlin’s defense attorney, asked if his client could be placed under supervision in Montgomery County as Sumlin’s driver’s license is suspended and traveling to Greenville to meet with probation officers would be difficult for him.

“I don’t know if Montgomery County’s going to supervise the case — all we can do is ask [them],” responded Hein.

Sumlin must also work 75 hours of community service, seek and hold employment, avoid drug and alcohol use, and have no further arrests.

Hein said that failure to comply with terms of the sentence could result in Sumlin facing a sentence of one year in prison and up to three years of post-prison supervision.

In other court proceedings, three men in custody were arraigned via a video conference link between the court and the Darke County Jail.

Todd Kuhn, 47, of Greenville, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle under the influence, possessing drug abuse instruments and failure to reinstate license. He also pleaded not guilty to one felony count of heroin possession. He is next scheduled for a status conference in court February 11. He is being held on a $25,000 bond.

Paul Brown Jr., 41, of Union City, Ohio, pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of illegal possession or assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. His next appearance before the court will be for a pre-trial conference January 25. He is being held on a bond of $50,000.

David Tinkham, 56, of New Madison, Ohio, pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of rape on victims under the age of 13 and four felony counts of sexual battery. He will appear before the court again February 11 for a pre-trial conference. He is being held on two $50,000 bonds.

Tarrelle L. Sumlin of Dayton (left) pleaded guilty to one felony drug charge in Darke County Common Pleas Court Monday. He is shown with his attorney Randall Breaden.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Sumlin_0003-WEB.jpgTarrelle L. Sumlin of Dayton (left) pleaded guilty to one felony drug charge in Darke County Common Pleas Court Monday. He is shown with his attorney Randall Breaden. Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate
Three others arraigned in court

By Erik Martin

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