MOUNT VERNON — The criminal saga of John and Cami Stidham came to a close on Friday when Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster sentenced Cami Stidham to prison on grand theft charges.
Cami S. Stidham, 36, Walhonding, was convicted of grand theft and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Stidham was also ordered to pay $180,000 in restitution to her former employer Tracy and Mills Surveyors. Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher said Stidham stole over $400,000 from her former employer, between March 2007 and November 2010. The amount of restitution is linked to the amount Tracy and Mills sued Stidham for in a civil case.
She was originally charged with aggravated theft and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of grand theft on July 26.
Detective Craig Feeney, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case.
Harold E. Taylor Jr., 46, Mount Vernon, was convicted of attempted endangering children and sentenced to 17 months in prison. Thatcher said Taylor attempted to engage in sexual activity with a child under the age of 13 on Nov. 1, 2010.
Taylor was originally charged with gross sexual impostition and importuning. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of attempted endangering children on July 19, just before his jury trial was scheduled to start.
Detective Sgt. Roger Brown, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.
Daniel L. Parrish, 24, Newark, was convicted of theft for stealing merchandise from a Mount Vernon store on Sept. 22, 2010. Parrish was sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to pay $898 in restitution to the crime victim. Cpl. Beth Marti, MVPD, investigated the case.
Zachary T. Smith, 19, Newark, was convicted of attempted endangering children for attempting to engage in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl on March 21. Smith was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision, including a 60-day jail sentence. Patrolman Justin Trowbridge, MVPD, investigated the case.
Mark L. Davis, 19, Fredericktown, was convicted of burglarizing a Fredericktown residence on May 12. Thatcher said Davis was caught by the resident and held until Sgt. Al Dexter, KCSO, responded to the scene. Davis was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision and a four-year suspended prison sentence.
Michael D. Hayes, 40, Newark, was convicted of receiving stolen property for possessing a stolen 2006 Dodge truck and a stolen license plate on May 9. Hayes was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision and a 17-month suspended prison sentence. Patrolman Brian Weiser, MVPD, investigated the case.
Johnny L. Humphrey, 30, Mount Vernon, was convicted of violating a protection order and sentenced to a one-year term of community control supervision and an 11-month suspended prison sentence. Thatcher said during a traffic stop April 10, Sgt. Cortrell R. McCruter, Ohio State Highway Patrol, found Humphrey in a motor vehicle with a woman he was prohibited from having contact with pursuant to a civil protection order filed in Licking County.
On Aug. 7, 2009, Eyster sentenced Brett Beau-champ, 22, Mount Vernon, to a three-year term of community control supervision for breaking and entering, possession of stolen property and tampering with evidence. On Friday, Beauchamp admitted to multiple violations of his supervision including failing to report to his supervising officer, failing to successfully complete programs at the Drug & Alcohol Freedom Center and being arrested for misdemeanor charges. Eyster sentenced Beauchamp to a 17-month prison term.