Neighbors sentenced for prescription pill crime

Clinton Randall Staff Writer

January 13, 2014

GREENVILLE - A Greenville woman was sentenced Monday in the Darke County Common Pleas Court to a prison term of two years for felony counts involving prescription medication.

Patricia A. Neighbors, 48, pleaded guilty in December 2013 to one count of Deception to Obtain, a felony of the second degree; one count of Illegal Processing of Drug Documents, a fourth degree felony; and one count of Forgery, a felony of the fifth degree.

She was indicted in June 2013 after being charged with criminal conduct on May 23, 2013 to obtain the Schedule II control substance Dilaudid, which is a narcotic pain reliever.

“Patricia will tell you she is addicted,” Neighbors’ defense attorney Jeffrey D. Slyman of Vandalia addressed the court during Monday’s sentencing. “I have thought from the beginning that the MonDay Program is appropriate for her to get the help she needs.”

“The state would not oppose the MonDay Program in this case,” Darke County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jesse Green agreed.

Judge Jonathan P. Hein ordered that Neighbors be held in the Darke County Criminal Justice Center to be evaluated for the MonDay Program as an alternative sentence.

“It’s a prison sentence if MonDay doesn’t take you,” Judge Hein told Neighbors.

“I am thankful the court game me this time to spend with my family,” Neighbors said while reading a written statement she prepared before Monday’s sentencing hearing. “Though I am sick with a dependency, I did break the law.”

Neighbors will be placed on post release control for up to 60 months once she has served her sentence. She was given a mandatory $7,500 fine.