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Area residents punished for felony crimes

Cary Ashby • Updated Jan 10, 2019 at 11:01 AM

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Matthew C. Stevens, 38, most recently of 28 Washington St., Willard, must complete the Teen Challenge program, which lasts 12 to 18 months. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway suspended the defendant’s driver’s license for five years and ordered him to pay a $1,500 fine during his five years of probation.

Stevens also was sentenced Jan. 3 to 60 days in the Huron County Jail for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (OVI). In November, he pleaded guilty to the fourth-degree felony in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a specification to forfeit a 2000 Buick Century sedan. According to his indictment, he faced OVI misdemeanor cases in 1999, 2004, 2009, 2013 and 2016 through Norwalk Municipal Court.

In a separate case, Brandon Wilson, 25, formerly of 427 N. Buckeye St., Bellevue, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine in exchange for the dismissal of a similar fourth-degree felony. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison plus 12 months of post-release control.

Wilson received a two-year prison sentence in early February 2016 for a Bellevue burglary. Conway said during the hearing that the elderly victim was “petrified to live in her house” after the Oct. 3, 2015 crime and she moved out following two unrelated break-ins.

The defendant didn’t interact with the woman during the burglary. Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the woman “wasn’t aware (Wilson) was there until police brought it to her attention.” Officers found the defendant hiding in the basement. 

In other hearings: 

• Stacy M. Bolding, 40, most recently of 1869 Johnson Road, was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail plus has another 90 days hanging over her head which her probation officer has the discretion to impose at any time without a hearing. Also as part of her three years of community control, she was fined $5,000 and must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $390 for drug testing. The judge stayed Bolding’s sentence on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs. She remains out on bond pending an appeal.

• Kimberly M. Bramhill, 42, of Oberlin, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of theft of drugs and another two charges of illegal processing of drug documents. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed two felony counts of theft from a person in a protected class and two charges of tampering with records, both first-degree misdemeanors. She is out on a $10,000 bond and will be sentenced Feb. 28.

• Devin S. Espinoza, 32, formerly of 18 Laurel Lane, was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in prison for an undisclosed probation violation. Espinoza, who has been in the local jail since Dec. 31, has a 2016 conviction for complicity to burglary.

• Savannah K. Hamilton, 24, most recently of 5126 Scottwood Road (rear), Willard, was sentenced Tuesday to complete a four- to six-month term in a community-based corrections facility for two drug offenses. She was convicted of one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs and aiding and abetting trafficking in drugs. During her three years of probation, Hamilton must reimburse the Willard Police Department $150 for the cost of drug testing.

During a Jan. 2 hearing, Conway revoked Hamilton’s treatment in lieu of conviction and imposed the two felonies. She has been in jail since Dec. 6.

• Benjamin S. Miller, 31, of Sandusky, pleaded guilty Monday to burglary in exchange for the dismissal of one count each of aggravated burglary, attempted rape and attempted sexual battery. He has been in jail since Sept. 18 and will be sentenced Feb. 28.

• Jimmy L. Samuels Jr., 23, most recently of 80 St. Mary’s St., Lot 12, was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail for an undisclosed probation violation. His underlying conviction is theft from a person in a protected class.

• Alan T. Vandergriff, 50, formerly of 39 East St., New London, was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison for an undisclosed probation violation. His 2017 conviction was domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony.

• Rodrigo Villalovos-Ramos, 19, whose address was unavailable, pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault on a police officer in exchange for the dismissal of one count each of felonious assault and obstructing official business. He is out on bond and will be sentenced Feb. 27.

• Ronnie L. Whitaker, 63, most recently of 5 W. Washington St., Apt. B, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of aggravated trafficking in amphetamine in exchange for the dismissal of one count of trafficking in drugs. Out on a $5,000 bond, he will be sentenced Feb. 27.

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