Man who endangered children sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 10:24 AM

An area man convicted of endangering children is serving 2 1/2 years in prison.

Daniel L. Oxender, 26, of Ashland, was sentenced to 30 months behind bars Thursday for two counts of endangering children.

Oxender, in December, pleaded guilty to the two third-degree felonies in exchange for the dismissal of six similar felonies and two counts of domestic violence, first-degree misdemeanors. He had been in the Huron County Jail since Sept. 17.

In a separate case, Philip R. Bertram, 33, formerly of 19 Adams St., pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count each of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance and aggravated possession of drugs.

After Bertram’s guilty plea, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentenced him to four years in prison and fined him $5,000.

Bertram also admitted to an undisclosed probation violation and received an additional 11 months of incarceration, to run consecutively to the other sentence. He was eligible for a prison sentence due to a prior felony conviction.

In June, he received a discretionary 180-day jail sentence for improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. That means Bertram’s probation officer could impose part or all of the term at any time without a hearing.

A Huron County jury convicted Bertram on April 14, 2017 after a three-day trial. Court records indicate he was acquitted of receiving stolen property in connection with a possibly stolen gun found in his vehicle. The Huron County Sheriff’s Office investigated the Oct. 27, 2016 incident. 

And in other recent hearings:

• Matthew J. Alpeza, 35, of Cleveland, had his community control revoked Thursday for an undisclosed probation violation. He was sentenced to prison for 90 days. His underlying conviction is theft.

• Brandi N. Didion, 25, most recently of Wakeman, was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest on an ankle monitor for two counts of theft Thursday. Also as part of her five years of probation, she has 90 days of discretionary jail time hanging over her head and must pay about $12,068 in restitution. 

• Miranda L. Fligor, 33, who reports being homeless, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of trafficking in heroin. Her sentencing hearing is March 21. Fligor has been in jail since Jan. 14, when the Norwalk Police Department arrested her.

• Brian D. Lewis, 21, of Tiffin, was sentenced Thursday to four to six months at a community-based corrections facility for an undisclosed probation violation. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Lewis’ underlying conviction is burglary.

• Nathaniel J.R. Parsons, 21, formerly of 382 Fitchville River Road, New London, pleaded guilty Monday to failure to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. That will run concurrently with an 18-month sentence for an undisclosed probation violation. Jail records indicate a probation officer transported him to jail Oct. 14, where he remained while his case was pending.

Parsons’ underlying conviction is unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. On Feb. 6, 2016, a family member of a teenage girl reported she and Parsons were having a sexual relationship. A sheriff’s detective interviewed Parsons, whom authorities have said admitted to having consensual sex with the victim. The two had been dating when the girl was 14 years old.

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