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Area residents punished for felony crimes

• May 25, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Several defendants were convicted of and sentenced to various felonies this week in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Jamie B. Slanczka, 41, most recently of 6786 Townline Road 162, Wakeman, was sentenced Wednesday to a 90-day discretionary term in the Huron County Jail for two counts of forgery. A discretionary jail sentence means Slanczka’s probation officer has the option of when to impose part or all of the time without a hearing during the defendant’s three years of probation.

Ryan L. Rang, 34, most recently of 100 S. Main St., Lot 12, North Fairfield, was sentenced Wednesday to complete the Teen Challenge program during his three years of probation. He also was fined $250 and must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $80 for lab testing. Rang’s conviction is trafficking in heroin in a school zone. Teen Challenge is an intense, Christian-based program for people of all ages which addresses life-controlling addictions.

Christian N. Tatum, 42, most recently of 26 Bouscay Ave., Apt. E, was sentenced Wednesday to a 90-day discretionary jail term during her three years of probation. She also was fined $250 for theft of drugs.

Donald E. Mowry III, 35, most recently of 230 Whittlesey Ave., Lot 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday to failure to register his address in exchange for the dismissal of failure to provide notice of his change of address. Mowry earlier posted a $5,000 bond and will be sentenced July 12.

Christopher Stephens, 25, most recently of 116 W. Pearl St., Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs and failure to appear on a personal recognizance (P.R.) bond. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of trafficking in drugs. Stephens’ sentencing hearing is July 18. He has been unable to post a $10,000 bond since the Huron County Sheriff’s Office brought him to jail March 1. A P.R. bond means Stephens signed a court document in which he promised to appear for future hearings without paying any money.

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