GREENVILLE — A Greenville man arrested for drug trafficking struck a plea agreement and was sentenced in Darke County Common Pleas Court Monday.
Robert L. Redditt Jr., 51, had been indicted on two counts of Trafficking in Heroin, both fourth-degree felonies, based upon an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.
In an agreement between the Darke County Prosecutor’s office and his defense attorney, Dave Rohrer, Redditt agreed to plead guilty on a lesser charge. One fourth-degree felony charge was dropped and the second charge reduced to a fifth-degree felony.
Redditt had faced up to 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine and a driver’s license suspension for up to five years.
Redditt told the court he is in a “clearer state of mind,” is holding down a job, and is “remorseful” for the things he’d done in the past.
Darke County Assistant Prosecutor Deb Quigley told the court, “The state spoke to his probation officer [who] gave a very good report,” and was not opposed to community control in this instance.
Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Redditt to community control sanctions, ordered the payment of court costs or community service thereof and suspended his driver’s license for six months. Redditt had previously served 83 days in jail on a prior sentence.
Hein told Redditt if he does not comply with the conditions of community control, Redditt could face 10 months in prison.
Also appearing in court for a competency hearing, via video teleconferencing from the Darke County Jail, was Nathan Nisley, 33, of Rawson, Ohio.
Nisley was arrested May 29 following an accident on U.S. Route 127 near Childrens Home-Bradford Road. Investigation revealed that Nisley, driving a 2012 Ford Fiesta, changed lanes and struck a motorcycle bearing two riders, both of whom were ejected from the bike. The two received treatment for their injuries and were released. Nisley faces two second-degree felony counts of felonious assault.
A 13-page report issued by Dr. Kara Marciani of the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio in Dayton, Ohio, stated that Nisley was “mentally ill” but not “mentally retarded,” and is incompetent to stand trial.
Nisley’s court-appointed attorney, Dave Rohrer, asked for a furtherance, as Marciani had failed to state in her report if Nisley is “capable of being restored to competency” as well as the question of where would be the best place for the defendant to be restored to competency if it is possible.
Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby concurred that his office would also like to see the additional details.
Rohrer said he hoped to hear back from the Forensic Psychiatry Center later in the day. A resumption of the hearing is likely to be scheduled for next week.
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