MOUNT VERNON — On Aug. 12, Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster sentenced five men and one woman for various felony crimes and community control supervision violations.
According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Stephen E. DeShong, 23, Fredericktown, was convicted of receiving stolen property for possessing a stolen 42-inch television on March 20. DeShong was sentenced to an 11-month prison term. Patrolman Matt Jones, Mount Vernon Police Department, recovered the TV.
Ronald E. Hoeflich, 30, Mount Vernon, was convicted of breaking and entering. Hoeflich was sentenced to an 11-month prison term. Thatcher said on March 27, Hoeflich broke into a Coshocton Avenue business where he broke into candy machines to steal change. Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey and Sgt. Troy Glazier, MVPD, investigated the case.
On March 19, Jason W. Bentz, 36, Centerburg, was convicted of possessing cocaine. Bentz was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision including requirements that he successfully complete a drug treatment program and continue participation in drug counseling. Bentz admitted that he violated the terms of his supervision when he used cocaine and amphetamines on two occasions since his conviction. Eyster sentenced Bentz to an 11-month prison term.
David L. Brookover, 26, Mount Vernon, was convicted of theft, forgery and theft from an elderly person for stealing blank checks from a 66-year-old Johnstown woman’s purse, and then passing the checks, in amounts totaling $738.99, in December and January. Brookover will serve a six-month term at the Licking/Muskingum Community Correction Center. After Brookover is released from Licking/Muskingum, he will serve a three-year term of community control supervision. Brookover will be sent to prison for 17 months if he violates the conditions of his supervision. Brookover was also ordered to pay restitution to the crime victim, according to Thatcher. Patrolman Kyle Theibert, MVPD, investigated the case.
Lorie A. Martin, 39, Mount Vernon, was convicted of abusing harmful intoxicants for purchasing aerosol cans from a store in Mount Vernon, on two occasions in February, and then inhaling or “huffing” the contents of the cans for the purpose of inducing intoxication. Thatcher said the convictions are felonies of the fifth degree due to Martin’s prior conviction for possession of marijuana in 2007. Martin was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision, including a 120-day jail sentence. Martin’s driver’s license was also suspended for six months. Corporals Beth Marti and Scott McKnight, MVPD, investigated the case.
On Sept. 11, 2009, Shad W. Lynds, 36, Mount Vernon, was convicted of possessing merchandise stolen from a Mount Vernon hardware store on Jan. 28. Lynds was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision. Lynds admitted that he violated the terms of his supervision by failing to maintain contact with his supervising officer, beginning on March 23. Eyster sentenced Lynds to 67 days in jail, with jail time credit, and Lynds was terminated unsuccessfully from supervision.