EATON — Preble County Common Pleas Court heard cases involving drugs, assault and domestic violence on Monday, Oct. 7. Judge Stephen R. Bruns presided.
Darryl King, 32, was sentenced on charges of assault, domestic violence, public indecency and aggravated possession of drugs. King was tried and convicted on the domestic violence and indecency charges Sept. 16.
King allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend in their home in March of this year, then chased her outside, naked, while carrying a baseball bat. The alleged victim took refuge inside a nearby department store.
King was sentenced to three years incarceration on the domestic violence charge; two years incarceration on the assault charge; one year on the charge of aggravated possession; and 30 days on the charge of public indecency. The sentences will be served concurrently, minus approximately 200 days credit for time already served.
Joshua Johnson, 45, of Eaton, was sentenced on charges of domestic violence and felonious assault. Johnson was previously sentenced to three years of community control on charges of importuning, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, and attempted gross sexual imposition in 2009. Those charges carry an added penalty of Tier I sex offender registry.
Defense attorney Valerie Sargent-Wood claimed Johnson was remorseful for his actions, and hoped to rebuild his relationship with his children following whatever prison term might be imposed.
“I’m sorry for the events that happened,” Johnson told the court before sentence was handed down. “I wish I could go back and change it.”
Judge Bruns told the defendant that the severity of the injuries caused to his alleged victim, as well as the family relationship that facilitated Johnson’s access to the victim, combined to make the offense more serious. Bruns ultimately sentenced Johnson to seven years incarceration, with 155 days credit for time already served.
Jacob Johnson, 27, of Eaton, was sentenced on charges of domestic violence, aggravated trafficking in drugs and illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility. Judge Bruns sentenced Johnson to community control on the drug charges; a suspended sentence of 180 days in the Preble County Jail was imposed on the domestic violence charge.
Matthew Stover, 35, of New Paris, was sentenced on charges of community control violation and aggravated possession of drugs. Stover’s previous record includes convictions for burglary and possession of heroin.
Judge Bruns sentenced Stover to community control on the drug charge and extended the terms of the defendant’s existing probation on the community control violation. A prison term of 36 months could be imposed if Stover violates the terms of his sentence.