Local men appear in 3 unrelated burglary cases

Clinton Randall Staff Writer

January 14, 2014

GREENVILLE - Three area men appeared on unrelated burglary cases in the Darke County Common Pleas Court this week.

Josiah A. Stevens, 28, of Greenville appeared before Judge Jonathan P. Hein Monday morning for sentencing on an amended charge of the indicted count of Attempted Burglary, a felony of the third degree, which occurred May 30, 2013.

Judge Hein ordered Stevens be placed on a community control sanction for up to 60 months on a sole count of Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree, the he pleaded guilty to in November 2013 as part of a plea agreement with the state. He was also ordered to complete 80 hours of community service and given jail credit of 76 days.

On Tuesday, a bench warrant was issued for Union City, Ind. resident Kyle Hartman. The 23-year-old failed to appear for a 10 a.m. arraignment on a Burglary, felony of the third degree, charge he was indicted on in November 2013.

Judge Hein later withdrew the warrant after Hartman arrived at the courthouse later that afternoon. He was then given an own recognizance bond (OR) during the rescheduled arraignment where he told the judge that he was late because he was stranded in Winchester, Ind. where he was attempting to admit himself into a drug treatment facility. He admitted to having a heroin addiction and was wanting to get help.

A complaint was filed in December 2013 when Hartman was said to not be complying with his bond stipulations by not checking in with the probation department and his court appointed defense attorney. The warrant for being a Fugitive from Justice was later dismissed and Hartman was scheduled to appear for a second arraignment Tuesday.

“I am glad to see that you are trying to seek help for your drug dependency,” Judge Hein told Hartman during Tuesday’s arraignment. “You can’t just go doing things and not letting others know what is going on.”

He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Municipal Court later this month. Hartman faces 36 months and a $10,000 fine if convicted as charged.

Family and friends of 20-year-old Jason L. Hunt attended an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon by video connection with his defense attorney from the Darke County Criminal Justice Center. The New Madison man was arrested Sunday for a charge of Aggravated Burglary, a felony of the first degree, after he reportedly held a female at gunpoint and ordered her to leave with him earlier that morning. He allegedly assaulted the woman at the New Madison home before was forced to leave by other occupants of the home.

Judge Hein accepted the bond recommendation by Darke County Prosecutor Kelly Ormsby and ordered Hunt be held on a $50,000 cash, surety or property bond. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Municipal Court later this month.

According to Ormsby, the case is under review and Hunt could face additional charges, including a gun specification that carries a mandatory three year sentence, when the case goes before a Grand Jury next week. He faces a maximum of 11 years on the current Aggravated Burglary charge, along with a $20,000 fine if convicted.