GREENVILLE – A Union City, Ohio, man was sentenced to prison time after pleading guilty to a reduced charge in Darke County Common Pleas Court Tuesday.
Ryan Reynolds, 29, of Union City, entered guilty pleas to abduction (amended from kidnapping) and having weapons under disability, both third-degree felonies. He also pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs (methamphetamine), also a third-degree felony, in a separate case. A pending probation violation case was dismissed.
Judge Jonathan P. Hein followed the defense and prosecution’s joint recommendation of three years in prison. A mandatory $5,000 fine also was imposed and a mandatory driver’s license suspension of two years. Credit for 76 days served was granted. Prosecution was represented by Deborah Quigley.
Reynolds’s appointed attorney, David Rohrer, said the victim was the mother of Reynolds’s child and the incident involved, “some game-playing going on.” He said drugs was Reynolds’s main problem.
Reynolds told the court that his behavior during his most recent incarceration has been completely different from his previous incarceration. He said he has been attending church services, volunteering for work in the jail and attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings. He said he accepts that what he did was wrong and wants to get help.
Hein said he was sentencing Reynolds to three years in prison, but under current law, it was possible he would not actually have to serve that time.
Under current law, the judge no longer has a say in the matter when the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction evaluates an inmate and determines fulfillment of a sentence based on whether they pose a threat of violence or would be more suited to a rehabilitation program.
Also in Darke County Common Pleas Court Tuesday, Tony Gilbert, 47, of Greenville, pleaded guilty to amended charges of three counts of contributing to the unruliness of a minor, first-degree misdemeanor. The charges were amended from corrupting another with drugs.
Gilbert was in the company of three juvenile girls – ages 11, 12 and 14 – when he permitted each of them to take one “puff” of a marijuana cigarette. The girls’ stories reportedly changed several times. The defense, represented by Randall Breaden, said the girls had “begged” his client to try the marijuana, but after repeatedly changing their stories, they said Gilbert had “forced” them to try it.
Gilbert admitted the incident was a stupid mistake.
Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby noted that Gilbert had a history of misdemeanor offenses and recommended a jail term of 90 days for the defendant. Breaden requested that if jail time was found to be necessary, if it could be deferred until Gilbert could make arrangements for the care of his young child.
Hein sentenced Gilbert to 90 days on each charge, to be served concurrently, with 75 days to be suspended provided Gilbert complies with the terms. He is required to complete 40 hours of community service, complete any recommended substance abuse/mental health/parenting or related programs as recommended, and seek part-time employments subject to his medical limitations.