Best heads to prison for burglary
Clinton Randall Staff Writer
GREENVILLE - “We have tried community control sanctions and it is painfully obvious that does not work,” Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein told a Greenville woman before imposing a two year prison sentence.
Stacey M. Best, 33, was immediately sentenced after pleading guilty Friday to one count of Burglary, a felony of the third degree. A second count on the indictment, a fourth degree felony Theft charge, was dismissed by the state as part of a plea agreement with the defendant.
Best was arrested Oct. 25, 2013 after she and two co-defendants broke into a Greenville residence. The trio reportedly removed items from the home, but investigators later recovered the items after their arrest. Best was on probation for several prior theft-related convictions during the time of the burglary.
Greenville defense attorney Paul Wagner requested a chance at the MonDay Program in which Best had previously been turned down with a similar institution for medical reasons.
“If she had been admitted in the program we probably wouldn’t be here today,” Wagner stated during Thursday’s sentencing phase. “I think the MonDay Program is appropriate and I ask the court to consider that.”
“After attempts at community control sanctions in the past, the state believes that a prison sentence is appropriate to address the defendants criminal behavior,” stated Darke County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Deborah S. Quigley.
After sentencing Best to 24 months the judge stated that a judicial release in the future is an option. She will be placed on post release control for up to 36 months after serving her time with the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
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