GREENVILLE — Darke County Common Pleas Court heard cases involving attempted grand theft and probation violation Monday,Nov. 26. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided.
Katelyn Hoefler, 24, of Lewisburg, was ordered to seek substance abuse treatment in lieu of conviction on one count of grand theft and two counts of theft. Hoefler pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted grand theft, a fourth-degree felony; the additional two charges were dismissed in accordance with a plea agreement between Hoefler and the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office.
Hoefler’s guilty plea will be held by the court until such time as she successfully completes treatment; if she fails to do so, she could be convicted on the amended charge without benefit of a trial or the ability to appeal the verdict. Hoefler also must pay court costs and complete 100 hours of community service.
Mark Nickell, 24, of Greenville, was ordered to seek treatment in lieu of conviction on charges of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. Judge Hein also ordered Nickell to pursue part-time employment.
“There’s a lot of self-esteem to be gained there,” Hein told the defendant. “The ethic of work often helps people overcome mental health issues.”
Magan Plessinger, 31, of Greenville, was ordered to attend the MonDay program for inpatient substance abuse treatment. Plessinger was on probation following convictions for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine and child endangerment in 2017; her probation officer alleged that Plessinger had missed several appointments at Darke County Recovery and Wellness and had tested positive for illicit substances on multiple occasions.
Plessinger said she had missed treatment appointments due to multiple illnesses and that all but one of her failed drug screens were “false positives” brought about by medications she was taking for those illnesses. Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby said he received a letter from Recovery and Wellness saying she’d been non-compliant, however.
“She doesn’t appear to be doing very well in the programs we’ve tried her in so far,” Ormsby said. “So she may need a more structured environment in order to succeed.”
Plessinger saw the situation differently, however.
“I feel like I’m not as good as I could be, but I’m better than I was,” Plessinger said. “I’m proud of the progress I’m making though of course I could be doing better.”
Judge Hein challenged the defendant to push herself harder.
“You need to bring your game up to another level,” Hein said. “You know what an enabler is? If I’m not careful, then despite my best intentions, that might be me.”
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