Four additional defendants arrested as the result of a large undercover drug operation in Delphos over the past year entered guilty pleas in the Van Wert County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday Morning.
Chad A. Reynolds, 23, Delphos, entered a guilty plea to a charge of Trafficking in Marijuana a felony of the fifth degree for an incident where he allegedly sold marijuana to an undercover agent on October 15th, 2009. Judge Steele ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for September 1, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
Ryan S. Reynolds, 21, Delphos, entered a guilty plea to a charge of Trafficking in Marijuana a felony of the fifth degree for an incident where he allegedly sold marijuana to an undercover agent on an earlier date. Then, on Sept. 1, he will be sentenced by Judge Steele, who ordered a presentence investigation.
Justin M. Binkley, 23, Lima, entered a guilty plea to Trafficking in Drugs a felony of the fifth degree for an incident where he allegedly sold or offered to sell heroin on August 31st, 2009 in Delphos. Judge Steele ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for September 1st, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
Phillip L. Cross, 22, Delphos, entered a guilty plea to Complicity to Trafficking in Marijuana a felony of the fifth degree. Cross allegedly aided or abetted Andrew Sterling of Delphos in the sale of marijuana in April of 2010. Judge Steele ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for September 1, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
All four individuals were arrested after a lengthy undercover drug operation by the West Central Crime Task Force which is composed of officers from the Lima Police Department, Allen County Sheriff’s Office and the Delphos Police Department.
Michael J. Keipper, 20, Van Wert, was sentenced to two prison sentences on charges of Burglary a felony of the third degree and Attempted Burglary a felony of the fourth degree.
Keipper was arrested by the Van Wert City Police Department when they discovered that he had been involved in two burglary incidents in May of this year.
Judge Steele ordered Keipper to spend one year on one charge of Burglary and twelve months on the second count of Attempted Burglary. Keipper was given credit for 83 days he has spent in jail awaiting final disposition of his case.
Kareem Howard, 35, Van Wert, was sentenced to three years of community control and ordered to spend sixty days in the Van Wert County Correctional Facility on a felony charge of Domestic Violence.
Howard was ordered to continue his treatment programs, have a psychological assessment and substance abuse assessment along with completing any rehabilitation programs recommended. Howard is to have no contact with any of the victims without the approval of his supervision officer.
Judge Steele ordered Howard to pay court costs, $250.00 as partial reimbursement for his court appointed attorney, $25.00 Affidavit of Indigency fee and court costs.
An eighteen month prison sentence had the imposition deferred pending the successful completion of the community control program.
Jared L. Caldwell, 23, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to a charge of Aggravated Possession of Drugs a felony of the fifth degree.
Caldwell had filed a motion for treatment in lieu of conviction which was granted by Judge Steele. Caldwell will be under the supervision of the Van Wert County Adult Probation Department. The successful completion of the treatment program will result in him not having a criminal record.
Jason R. Wilson, 31, Toledo, was placed on three years of community control on a charge of Violation of a Protection order a felony of the fifth degree.
Wilson was ordered to spend up to an additional 30 days in the Van Wert County Correctional Facility, perform 200 hours of community service and undergo a psychological assessment. He is to have no contact with the alleged victim a former wife of his.
Judge Steele gave Wilson a twelve month prison sentence but deferred the imposition of the prison sentence pending the successful completion of the community control program.
Gerald A. Kohorst, 18, Delphos, entered a not guilty plea to a two count indictment charging him with Breaking and Entering a felony of the fifth degree and Possession of Stolen Property a felony of the fifth degree.
According to a Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department investigation Kohorst allegedly broke into some farm buildings located at 12881 Delphos-Southworth Road and was in possession of a stolen debit card on June 12th of this year.
Kohorst was released on a $5,000 unsecured personal surety bond and had a pretrial conference scheduled.