Judge John Thatcher

Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher 

MOUNT VERNON – Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher sentenced two people and found 29 guilty after arraignments and hearings were held this week at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court.

MAY 20

Alyssa Hiell, 22, of Columbus, was found guilty of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana Drug Paraphernalia. The Court sentenced her to pay a $75 fine.

Steven Dion, 46, of Bellville, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $35 fine.

Billy Jackson, 46, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension and Failure to Display a Valid License Plate on his Vehicle. The Court sentenced him to pay a $100 fine.

Michael Myrick, 42, of Hubert, North Carolina, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $25 fine.

Louis Wilson, 51, of Danville, was found guilty of Operating an Unregistered Vehicle. The Court sentenced him to pay a $50 fine.

Director of Law Brittany Whitney represented the City of Mount Vernon and the State of Ohio in these cases.

MAY 19

Kaylib Dunn, 20, of Marion, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $100 fine.

Justin Henderson, 25, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle without a Valid Operator’s License. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine.

Nicholas McDonald, 41, of Danville, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of a Drug of Abuse. The Court sentenced him to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended, placed him on two years of community control with the following condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended his operator’s license for one year.

Jose Castro, 51, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Failing to Yield When Turning Left. The Court sentenced him to pay a $25 fine.

Jeff Petrey, 46, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine.

Jeremiah O’Neil, 33, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Speeding and Operating a Vehicle with an Expired Operator’s License. The Court sentenced him to pay a $100 fine for Speeding and a $50 fine for the Expired License charge.

Weston Cline, 20, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $35 fine.

John Paul Campbell, 36, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle with Fictitious Plates and Operating a Vehicle with an Expired Operator’s License. The Court sentenced him to pay a $75 fine for each charge.

Dylan Kessler, 21, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine.

Michael Cangemi, 51 of Brunswick, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $50 fine.

James Ervin, 31 of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Domestic Violence. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with credit for time served.

Michael Brobst, 48, of Lancaster, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct. The Court sentenced him to pay a $150 fine.

Cody Helms, 31, of Brinkhaven, was found guilty of Theft. The Court sentenced him to serve three days in jail.

Wyatt Karns, 19, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct. The Court sentenced him to pay a $150 fine.

Krishna Sharma, 19, of Fargo, North Dakota, was found guilty of Underage Consumption of Alcohol. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.

Santosh Rizal, 20, of Blacklick, was found guilty of Underage Consumption of Alcohol. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.

Chandra Gautam, 19, of Columbus, was found guilty of Underage Consumption of Alcohol. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.

Richard Hill, 41, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Having Physical Control of a Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced him to pay a $500 fine and serve 60 days in jail.

Justin Carruthers, 38, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or a Drug of Abuse. The Court sentenced him to pay a $700 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 170 days suspended, placed him on two years of community control with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment within 60 days, and suspended his operator’s license for two years.

Christopher Cunningham, 34, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Domestic Violence on April 8, 2020. Today he was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail.

Austin Senter, 24, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Domestic Violence on April 13, 2020. Today he was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail, with 160 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation with the following condition: complete the Court’s Hands Down program.

Jason Hogan, 43, of Howard, was found guilty of Domestic Violence. He will be sentenced on June 23, 2020 following a pre-sentence investigation.

Director of Law Rob Broeren prosecuted these cases on behalf of the City of Mount Vernon and the State of Ohio.

MAY 18

Megan Miller, 35, of Newark, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. The Court sentenced her to serve three days in jail for the Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments charge and to pay Court costs on the DUS charge.

Sevin Barthel, 27, of Westerville, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle with Fictitious Plates. The Court sentenced him to pay a $75 fine.

Christopher Strange, 19, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Theft and Possession a Drug Abuse Instruments. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 160 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment within 60 days for the first two charges and to serve one day in jail for the Possession charge.

Shellie Smith, 41, of Utica, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol. The Court sentenced her to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended, placed her on two years of probation with the following condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended her operator’s license for one year.

Assistant Director of Law Brittany Whitney represented the City of Mount Vernon and the State of Ohio in these cases.

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