Suspects plead to charges in Common Pleas Court


By Erik Martin - emartin@dailyadvocate.com



Christopher Bowles was arraigned in court Friday, pleading not guilty to two felony charges of domestic violence. He faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count if convicted.

Christopher Bowles was arraigned in court Friday, pleading not guilty to two felony charges of domestic violence. He faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count if convicted.


Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

Gary L. Charles III was arraigned in court Friday, accused of felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine. He was taken into custody after failing a drug test administered at the courthouse.


Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

GREENVILLE — Persons indicted by the Grand Jury appeared for arraignment in Darke County Common Pleas Court Friday.

Paul Mayo, 46, residence unknown, was arraigned on a fourth-degree felony count of improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle and one first-degree misdemeanor count of driving under the influence. He was arrested August 18 for speeding. He was represented in court by defense attorney Thomas Manning. If convicted on the firearms charge, he faces a prison term of up to 18 months and a $5,000 fine. A conviction on the DUI charge could mean a jail term of three days to six months, a fine ranging from $335 to $1,075 and a license suspension. He is currently out of jail on his own recognizance. His next court date is November 9.

Gary L. Charles III, 31, of Greenville, appeared in court to answer to a fifth-degree felony charge of aggravated possession of methamphetamine. His defense attorney is Dave Rohrer. If convicted, he faces a one-year prison term and a $2,500 fine.

The hearing took an ugly turn when Charles told Judge Jonathan P. Hein that he had not been in contact with his attorney.

“I don’t care whether the phone works because you’ve got two feet,” Hein told him. “If you can’t find your lawyer on the phone you go find him at his office.”

Hein ordered Charles to immediately report to the probation department for a drug test. Upon learning that his sample tested positive for marijuana, methamphetamine, amphetamine, and ecstasy, Hein ordered Charles to be held on $130,000 bond and had him taken into custody of the Darke County Jail.

A similar exchange occurred between the court and Christopher Bowles, 27, of Greenville, arraigned on two third-degree felony counts of domestic violence, also represented by Rohrer. He faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count.

When asked why he had not paid his public defender’s fee of $28, had not been to Recovery and Wellness, and had not sought employment as ordered by the court, Bowles wasn’t able to offer any reasonable explanations.

“Do something to prove you don’t have to be in jail, because right now you’re proving you ought to be in jail,” said Hein. He nonetheless continued Bowles’ bond. His next court date is November 13.

Brandon P. Nunez, 22, of Greenville, pleaded not guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine. A conviction could mean a one-year prison sentence and a fine of $2,500. He is represented by Rohrer. His next court date is November 13.

Cory L. Phillips, 32, of Bradford, was arraigned on two, second-degree felony count of felonious assault. He is accused of chasing two victims around a vehicle with a knife September 24. If convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison and $15,000 fines on each count. He is represented by Rohrer. His next court appearance is November 13.

Roselyn F. Baker, age unknown, of Greenville, pleaded not guilty to second-degree felony counts of endangering children and felonious assault, and third-degree felony count of endangering children. The court appointed attorney Randall Breaden to represent her. If convicted, she could face up to 21 years in prison and fines up to $40,000. She is free on her own recognizance and her next court date is November 6.

Steven G. Evans, 21, of Greenville, was arraigned on a fourth-degree felony counts of grand theft, grand theft of firearms, and a third-degree felony count of burglary. Breaden was appointed to represent him in court. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, he could spend up to 7.5 years in prison and pay up to $25,000 in fines. Evans is free on his own recognizance and his next court appearance is November 6.

Christopher Bowles was arraigned in court Friday, pleading not guilty to two felony charges of domestic violence. He faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count if convicted.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/10/web1_Bowles-0006-PRINT.jpgChristopher Bowles was arraigned in court Friday, pleading not guilty to two felony charges of domestic violence. He faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count if convicted. Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

Gary L. Charles III was arraigned in court Friday, accused of felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine. He was taken into custody after failing a drug test administered at the courthouse.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/10/web1_Charles-0004-PRINT.jpgGary L. Charles III was arraigned in court Friday, accused of felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine. He was taken into custody after failing a drug test administered at the courthouse. Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

By Erik Martin

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