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Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:16 AM

BY ED GEBERT

Times Bulletin Editor

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VAN WERT —A Delphos man who was sent to the WORTH Center in June was back at Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday.

Shaun Duckett, 22, admitted to being unsuccessfully terminated from the rehabilitation program at the center, making him guilty of violating the terms of his community control.

“I’m not a violent man,” Duckett told the court. “I stole things and I’d like to pay back those people.”

 

Duckett was found guilty of fourth-degree felony attempted burglary and was placed on community control for three years, including the stay at the WORTH Center.

 

According to a report from the center, Duckett had racked up a number of offenses while attending rehabilitation at the Lima facility. He was written up multiple times for disrespecting the staff, making fun of other inmates, negative behavior, horseplay, punching a wall and falling asleep during classes.

Duckett blamed post-traumatic stress disorder and his medication for some of the violations.

Judge Charles D. Steele sentenced Duckett to 12 months in prison, giving Duckett credit for 138 days already served in custody on the charge.

Walter E. Stephens, a 59-year-old Florida man, was sentenced to 180 days in jail as part of three years of community control and was categorized as a Tier I sex offender. Stephens had pleaded guilty to third-degree felony importuning.

Stephens was contacting a person while driving through the area but that person turned out to be an undercover law enforcement officer. Stephens has no other convictions on his record aside from a soliciting prostitution charge 35 years ago, stressed his attorney, Dillon Staas.

“It is difficult to explain the lack of judgment on his part,” Staas admitted.

In addition to the jail time, Stephens must also undergo a psycho-sexual assessment and treatment program, perform 100 hours of community service and pay fees and court costs. He was given 89 days credit for time already served on this charge. A 12-month prison sentenced was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Christopher Lindeman, 25, Delphos, was sentence to serve up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima. He was found guilty of receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree. As part of his sentenced three years of community control, Lindeman must also make restitution of $91, pay fees and court costs, serve 30 days in jail, perform 100 hours of community service and complete a substance abuse treatment program.

Staas told the court that Lindeman has had drug abuse problems for years.

Dezmond Bywaters, 21, Van Wert, was sentenced to up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima as part of three years of community control. Bywaters admitted to fifth-degree felony theft. A wedding band was stolen and pawned. Bywaters was also ordered to pay $50 restitution to the pawn shop, serve 30 days in jail, complete a substance abuse and a psychological treatment program, perform 100 hours of community service and pay fees and court costs. A 12-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

An Indiana man was sentenced to one year of community control for misdemeanor resisting arrest. Risner was stopped while intoxicated and trying to get into his vehicle. Risner resisted arrest while an officer was attempting to stop him.

“I wish I hadn’t done that and had acted my age and not my IQ,” Risner lamented during the sentencing hearing. He blamed the incident for three mini-strokes that he has suffered since his original arrest. Risner had a major stroke in 2009 also.

The Rensselaer, Ind., man must also serve 30 days in jail, perform 50 hours of community control, complete a substance abuse treatment program and pay fees and court costs. A 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Dustyn Taylor, 22, Convoy, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and to pay fees and court costs for misdemeanor criminal trespassing. He must also make restitution of $1,100 along with his co-defendant.

Andrew J. Miller, 27, pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony count of robbery. He was accused of being one of two men who entered a Delphos home on July 10, assaulted a person inside the home and took a television, cash, wallets, cell phones and other personal property.

A first-degree felony count of aggravated burglary was dropped in exchange for Miller’s plea. The prosecution also agreed to recommend a four-year prison sentence, although Steele could impose up to an eight-year sentence at Miller’s Oct. 30 sentencing.

Also on Wednesday, Jeremy Cole, Wren, pleaded not guilty to receiving stolen property and complicity to commit breaking and entering, both felonies of the fifth degree. Cole was released on bond and ordered to attend a pretrial hearing on Oct. 16.

Last Updated on Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:25 AM
 

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