Troy man receives one year sentence for trafficking

Greenville man’s jury trial continued

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced Patrick Wilder, 36, of Troy, to 12 months in prison for fourth degree trafficking cocaine and fifth degree possession of drug and a first degree misdemeanor domestic violence charge on Thursday.

Wilder appeared in court with attorney Patrick Flanagan who requested Wilder to be released on community control, saying, “He’ll never be back in this court again.”

Wilder told the court, “I would appreciate a chance to do better.”

Assistant Prosecutor Paul Watkins asked the court to consider Wilder’s actions and his previous two prison terms.

After reviewing Wilder’s record, Judge Pratt sentenced Wilder to serve 12 months for the trafficking charge, 11 months for the possession charge and 180 days of jail for the domestic violence charge, all to run concurrent with one another.

Wilder was ordered to pay $125 in restitution to the Troy Police Department for drug testing and forfeit $312 recovered during the incident.

Wilder was arrested on May 19, 2016 following a disturbance call in the 800 block of Franklin Street, Troy, indicating a woman had been assaulted. Wilder fled the scene and was found in an alley blocks away. During his initial arrest, an officer recovered a small baggie of cocaine. Wilder told police it was his medication for pancreatitis. As Wilder was being incarcerated on the domestic violence charges, an officer found 11 more small baggies of cocaine in Wilder’s pants. Wilder claimed he didn’t know whose pants he was wearing or how the drugs got there. Another baggie of cocaine was found tied to Wilder’s boxer shorts.

Wilder entered a plea of guilty to an amended indictment reducing the trafficking charge from a third degree felony to a fourth degree felony last February.

In other court news:

The Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee granted a continuance of the Timothy Penkal jury trial on Thursday.

Penkal, 37, of Greenville, was arraigned on one count of first-degree rape last September. The offense allegedly occurred in 2010 in Piqua with a female minor victim. Miami County assistant prosecutor Janna Parker asked for a no-contact order with the victim or unsupervised contact with minors.

On Thursday, Parker informed the court her office received a 15-20 page email from Penkal’s attorney Patrick Mulligan Wednesday evening. Parker requested the continuance to discuss the contents with the victim.

Mulligan agreed to the continuance, noting his staff did not provide Parker with the email contents in a timely manner. Mulligan said the contents of the email is significant to his client’s defense due to no property evidence, calling it a “he said, she said” case. Mulligan said if he failed to submit the email contents to the court as evidence, it would be negligent on his part as Penkal’s attorney.

Judge Gee granted the motion, noting the evidence in question is relevant to both the state and defense.

Judge Gee set a new trial date for June 13.

Greenville man’s jury trial continued

By Melanie Yingst

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