Piqua man to serve eighth prison sentence


Whiteford to serve nine months for heroin possession

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com



MIAMI COUNTY — A Piqua man was sentenced to serve his eighth prison sentence in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.

Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Damian Whiteford, 41, of Piqua, to serve the joint recommendation of nine months for fifth-degree heroin possession.

Whiteford entered a plea of guilty by bill of information, waived his right to a grand jury and was sentenced immediately in court.

Whiteford overdosed on heroin at his home in Piqua on Feb. 11. He was revived and officials found a cap of heroin in his pocket.

His defense attorney John Herndon said Whiteford’s lifelong drug addiction was the source of his lengthy criminal record.

Whiteford told Judge Gee he hoped to enroll in prison programs during his sentence and move away from the Miami County area to get a new start due to his family resources and support, which have been exhausted at this time.

Whiteford was granted 37 days of jail credit.

Judge Gee told Whiteford, who has two college degrees, that he had a lot of potential, and his background could help others with addiction, but that, “You need to get off this train you’re on.

“You’d be a great drug counselor. You are articulate, intelligent,” said Judge Gee, “You’ve just got to beat the horse here.”

In other news:

The Miami County Common Pleas Court held arraignments from grand jury indictments on Thursday:

Phillip Henderson, 32, of Sidney, was arraigned on charges of third-degree felony tampering with evidence, weapons on disability and fourth degree felony improper handling of a gun in a vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance. A pre-trial conference was set for July 3 with Judge Pratt.

Christopher Paul, 28, of Arcanum, was arraigned on one count of first degree felony assault of a police officer and a first degree misdemeanor OVI. He entered a plea of not guilty and his $30,000 bond was continued from municipal court. He was ordered to comply with conditions of his bond and report to pre-trial services. A pre-trial conference was set for July 3 with Judge Jeannine Pratt presiding.

A West Milton police officer responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash last month in the area of State Route 571 near Iddings Road. Paul allegedly attacked the officer as he was speaking with him following the accident. The officer sustained minor injuries, including a bump to the head and a broken foot.

Brandon Jacobs, 34, of Troy, was arraigned on one count of fifth degree felony possession of fentanyl. A pre-trial conference was set for June 26 with Judge Gee presiding. Jacobs was involved with multiple overdose reports by the Troy Police Department.

Richard Ausborn, 53, of Troy, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree felony permitting drug abuse. A pre-trial conference was set for July 3 with Judge Pratt presiding. Ausborn was involved in a narcotics investigation at 914 W. Water St., Troy.

Taylor Massie, 25, of Sidney, was arraigned on one count of third degree felony conspiracy to commit drug possession. A pre-trial conference was set for July 3 with Judge Pratt presiding.

Albert Lewis, 23, of Troy, was arraigned on one count of fourth-degree felony assault on a police officer. Lewis was ordered to have no contact with the victim. A pre-trial conference was set for July 3 with Judge Pratt presiding. Lewis allegedly punched a Troy Police Officer in the eye during a distrubance call on Kent Lane on March 4.

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Whiteford to serve nine months for heroin possession

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@civitasmedia.com