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Press Release from Van Wert County Courts:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2019 (late)

JUDGE MARTIN BURCHFIELD

JURY TRIAL

Thomas Rupert, 65, Van Wert, was found guilty on two counts of Gross Sexual Imposition, F3, by a jury after a 3 day trial.   The Court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for 12/18/19 @ 10 am.   

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019

JUDGE MARTIN BURCHFIELD

CHANGE OF PLEA

Stephen Davies, 39, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to Possession of Cocaine, F5 and Assault, M1.  The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for 12/18/19 @ 9 am.  

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2019

JUDGE MARTIN BURCHFIELD

ARRAIGNMENT

Curtis Coleman, 48, Lorain, OH, entered a plea of not guilty to Aggravated trafficking drugs, F5, Aggravated Possession Drugs, F3,  Weapons under Disability, F3._Aggravated trafficking drugs, F4, aggravated trafficking drugs, F4.  He was released on a surety bond with Pretrial set for11/14/19 @ 11 am

CHANGES OF PLEAS

Sarah Stephenson, 44, Ft. Wayne, changed her plea to Guilty to Aggravated Possession of Drugs, F5. She then requested and was granted Intervention in Lieu of Conviction and her case was stayed pending completion of the treatment program.  

SENTENCINGS

Caleb Mendez,23, Decatur, IN,2 counts Aggravated Trafficking Drugs, F3, Trafficking Fentanyl related substance, F4.  Sentence:  ON each of the trafficking drugs charges, F3, sentenced to 24 months prison, on the fentanyl charge, 12 months prison, all concurrent, credit for 22 days served.  Court costs.  

Robert Ericson, 57, Van Wert, Domestic Violence, F4, sentenced to:prison 15 months, credit 116 days, court costs.  

Valerie Parent, 38, Delphos, Tampering with Records, F3, Medicaid eligibility fraud  M1.  Sentence:3 years community control, 1 year intensive probation, 30 days jail at later date, 50 hours community service, substance abuse and mental health assessment and treatment, ordered to pay restitution of $3,759 to Van Wert County Job and Family food program, partial appointed counsel fees, and costs.   

Doniven Helm, 22, Van Wert, Domestic Violence, M1, sentenced to:  2 years community control, 60 days jail with work release 30 days jail at later date, 50 hrs community service, substance abuse and mental assessment and treatment, 1 year intensive probation, ordered to pay monthly probation fee, partial appointed counsel fees, and costs.

VIOLATIONS

Austin Clark,  21, Van Wert,  admitted to violating his community control by failing to report to probation.  Sentenced to:  47 days jail, credit for 7 days served, $250 fine, partial appointed counsel fees, and court costs.

Alexander Chorvas, 24, Van Wert, admitted to violating his bond by failing to report to probation.  New bond set at $25,000 cash or commercial surety.  Trial date to be set on underlying charge.

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