York, Terrel trial set for Oct. 6



MIAMI COUNTY —A Miami County couple was arraigned on new charges in connection to the death of the woman’s grandfather. A grand jury issued additional indictments in the William York Sr. homicide case last week.

York’s granddaughter, Hope Earnshaw-York, and her boyfriend, Richard Terrel, were already indicted on several felony charges last month.

On Wednesday, Terrel, 35, was arraigned on two counts of fourth-degree felony charges of receiving stolen property in addition to charges of murder, felonious assault, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. He entered a plea of not guilty.

Already indicted on charges of gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, Earnshaw-York, 24, was arraigned on three counts of fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property. She entered a plea of not guilty.

The receiving stolen property charges stem from the alleged theft and sale of 88-year-old William York’s guns in May.

Both remain in jail.

The couple lived with York in his Tipp City home. York, 88, was reported missing from his home on May 30. His body was found on June 3 in a park in Union, Ky., on June 3. Officials ruled York’s cause of death as blunt force trauma to the back of the head.

Miami County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee will preside over the case and set both Terrel and York’s trials to begin Oct. 6.

In other court news:

• Brian Feltner, 40, of Troy, entered a guilty plea for his role in the robbery of MainSource Bank on South Market Street, Troy, on Feb. 18.

The joint recommendation for sentencing is 18 months for count one of third-degree felony robbery and six months for misdemeanor making false alarms. The sentences are to run concurrently. He also must pay restitution of $4,838.

Feltner will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

• A Troy teen who allegedly raped a female child under the age of 13 waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Miami County Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Nicholas Ferguson, 19, of Troy, remains in Miami County Jail with a bond of $500,000. He was arraigned on charges of first-degree felony rape last week. The case will go to Miami County Common Pleas Court.

• Andrew Wagner, 42, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve two 10-month sentences, to run concurrently, for two counts of fifth-degree felony possession of drugs. Wagner was found guilty by a trial jury of possession of syringes which contained cocaine and heroin during an arrest on Nov. 9 by Piqua Police Department. Wagner received 11 days jail credit and ordered to pay $125 restitution fee to Piqua P.D. for its testing fee. Upon release, Wagner will be placed on three years post-release control.

• Andrew Miller, 33, of Sidney, was sentenced to serve 10 months in prison for one count of fifth-degree felony drug possession. He was arrested by Tipp City Police Department on Dec. 9, 2014. Miller received three days of jail credit and ordered to pay $125 restitution fee to Tipp City P.D. for its testing fee.

• Josh Hoffpauir, 28, of Piqua, was sentenced to 90 days in the Miami County Jail for receiving stolen property. He was arrested on the charges by Piqua Police Department on March 21. Hoffpauir is to pay $213.50 to the victim. Upon release, Hoffpauir will serve three years on community control, abide by a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and undergo drug and alcohol counseling and mental health assessments. If Hoffpauir violates the conditions, he could serve up to 17 months in prison. He received nine days of jail credit. Miami County Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt also ordered Hoffpauir to clear his two outstanding warrants in Louisiana upon release.