Preble County Common Pleas hears drug, probation violation cases


By Anthony Baker - abaker@aimmediamidwest.com



EATON — Preble County Common Pleas Court heard cases involving drugs, receiving stolen property, and probation violation on Friday. Judge Stephen R. Bruns presided.

Antonio Dorsey, 43, of Dayton, was sentenced to four years incarceration with seven days credit on charges of possession of cocaine, a second-degree felony. Dorsey also agreed to forfeit a motor vehicle and cellular phone related to the commission of the offense.

Earl Woods, 42, of Eaton, admitted to violating the terms of his probation on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. His previous record includes charges of breaking and entering and using deception to obtain a dangerous drug. Woods claimed he left his required substance abuse treatment program after a family member suffered a stroke, and believed it would be okay for him to return to the program at a later time.

“You’ve kind of used up whatever goodwill you had left with this case,” Judge Bruns told the defendant. Bruns sentenced Woods to nine months incarceration with 65 days credit.

Christopher Lawson, 29, of Arcanum, pleaded guilty to charges of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony carrying penalties of up to 18 months incarceration and a potential $5,000 fine, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony carrying penalties of up to 12 months incarceration and a potential $2,500 fine.

Lunsford also admitted to having violated the terms of his probation. His previous record includes charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle and failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer.

Defense attorney John Cunningham said his client had remained drug-free since being released from the Preble County Jail.

“The defendant has, for lack of a better term, seen the light,” Cunningham told the court. “He has a job, and he has his family behind him. I see this as an opportunity for him to overcome his problems.”

Lawson agreed.

“All my life I’ve been shown how to do it the wrong way,” Lawson said. “I’m just now learning how to do it the right way.”

Judge Bruns sentenced Lawson to 60 days incarceration and a further three years of community control. Bruns warned Lawson that he could face the full 30-month sentence if he violates, however.

“This case is a conundrum for me,” Bruns told the defendant. “You are right on the cusp of going to prison, and if you violate again that’s what’s going to happen.”

Daniel Lunsford, 38, of Eaton, also pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated possession of drugs. Lunsford was ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment in lieu of conviction; if he fails to complete the treatment program recommended by Recovery and Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio, Lunsford’s guilty plea will be entered into the record and sentence could be imposed.

By Anthony Baker

abaker@aimmediamidwest.com