Three sentenced for burglary, domestic violence and drug trafficking


By Erik Martin - emartin@dailyadvocate.com



Teddy Thorn (left, with attorney Dave Rohrer) apologizes to a probation officer in Darke County Common Pleas Court. Thorn admitted to violating the terms of his probation and was sentenced to complete an 18-month prison term.

Teddy Thorn (left, with attorney Dave Rohrer) apologizes to a probation officer in Darke County Common Pleas Court. Thorn admitted to violating the terms of his probation and was sentenced to complete an 18-month prison term.


Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

GREENVILLE — Three defendants in Darke County Common Pleas Court Thursday received sentences for varying offenses.

Teddy Thorn, 26, of Greenville, was sentenced to complete an 18-month prison term after admitting to violations of his probation. He had been on intervention in lieu of conviction on one burglary charge and on community control sanctions for a second burglary charge.

A Darke County probation officer told the court Thorn had failed to report in with the probation department and had failed to attend treatment classes.

Thorn’s defense attorney, Dave Rohrer, said while his client had made mistakes and had used methamphetamine again, he asked the the court to once again show leniency.

“Teddy’s got some things worth saving,” said Rohrer.

Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley, however, said Thorn’s actions showed he didn’t take things seriously and had squandered his opportunities.

“It’s clear the defendant is not amenable to community control,” she said.

Thorn addressed both the court and the probation department, apologizing for his actions.

“It is my fault for not checking in,” he said. “My biggest mistake when I got out of [treatment] was thinking I had everything together. I didn’t.”

Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein told Thorn that despite sentencing him to prison, he may not have to serve the whole term. Though sentenced to 18 months in prison, Thorn will likely serve no more than eight months, as he is credited with 293 days of jail time.

Jeffrey Apple, 51, of Versailles, was placed on monitored house arrest for 30 days and community control for up to 60 months after pleading guilty to a fourth-degree felony charge of domestic violence.

Assistant Prosecutor Jesse Green, noting Apple has prior convictions for domestic violence, asked the court to impose a 45-day jail sentence. Apple’s attorney, Rohrer, asked the court to take into consideration that his client takes care of his mother, and instead requested community control.

In addition to house arrest and community control, Judge Hein credited Apple with three days served in jail, ordered him to pay court costs, and to perform 100 hours of community service. If Apple fails to comply with the terms, he could be sentenced to up to 14 months in prison.

Michelle Middaugh, 49, of Greenville, was also sentenced to up to 60 months of community control sanctions, after pleading guilty to trafficking heroin, a fourth-degree felony. She was represented in court by Rohrer.

In addition to community control, Judge Hein ordered payment of court costs, lab fees and for Middaugh to perform 100 hours of community service. A 15-month prison sentence could be imposed if she fails to comply.

Teddy Thorn (left, with attorney Dave Rohrer) apologizes to a probation officer in Darke County Common Pleas Court. Thorn admitted to violating the terms of his probation and was sentenced to complete an 18-month prison term.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/10/web1_Thorn-0012-PRINT-1.jpgTeddy Thorn (left, with attorney Dave Rohrer) apologizes to a probation officer in Darke County Common Pleas Court. Thorn admitted to violating the terms of his probation and was sentenced to complete an 18-month prison term. Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

By Erik Martin

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