GREENVILLE — A Greenville man entered a plea of no contest to an amended charge of attempted abduction in Darke County Common Pleas Court Monday.
Wesley A. Hobbs, of Greenville, was originally indicted Jan. 29 on four counts of kidnapping, each a first-degree felony, but an amended indictment was filed Feb. 26, reducing two of those counts to second-degree felony status. Hobbs was arraigned on the original indictment and posted a $7,500 bond. The original indictment cites that on Jan 16, Hobbs “did knowingly restrain the liberty of a juvenile with the purpose to terrorize, and he did not release the victim in a safe place, unharmed,” with the incident involving four juvenile victims.
Under a plea agreement, Hobbs entered the no contest plea to an amended charge of attempted abduction, a fourth-degree felony, and the state agreed to dismiss the other charges.
Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby III told the court the two sides negotiated a plea agreement that included a recommendation of community control sanctions rather than prison, including 120 days in county jail, restitution, court costs, a suspended prison term and supervised probation for five years, with the defendant stipulating that there are sufficient facts in the record to support a finding of guilty on the charge.
Hobbs was represented by Randall Breaden.
Judge Jonathan Hein entered a finding of guilty to the amended charge and set sentencing for Aug. 15 at 1 p.m.
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