MIAMI COUNTY — A local woman was sentenced to probation in Miami County Common Pleas Court Monday after stealing from a Troy business earlier this year.
Brooke Montgomery, 20, of Piqua, was sentenced to five years of community control for fourth-degree felony theft.
According to Troy police reports, Montgomery and a 17-year-old female juvenile were arrested in Lima for stealing a car and money from the North Market Street Subway in February. The two admitted to buying drugs and stealing from the business. Montgomery was charged with fifth-degree felony breaking and entering — which was later dismissed in Miami County Municipal Court — and fourth-degree felony theft. The juvenile was charged with fourth-degree auto theft and fifth-degree breaking and entering.
Montgomery was originally scheduled to be sentenced in May. When she did not appear to that hearing, her bond was revoked and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
“I didn’t appear to my sentencing because I was scared,” Montgomery said Monday. Montgomery added that she was grateful for going to jail so she could better herself.
“My concern with you is your follow through,” Miami County Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt said. Pratt said that she was on the fence about whether or not Montgomery should be sentenced to community control or prison due to the strict conditions of community control to which Montgomery would have to adhere.
“Being scared is not a justifiable excuse … I realize you’re young, but you’re an adult. You have a child,” Pratt said. “Prison is an ugly place, and this is serious.”
Montgomery became emotional during the sentencing hearing, breaking down crying at one point explaining a difficult living situation at home and drug use in addition to her desire to improve her life.
“I don’t have anything in my heart that wants to do bad,” Montgomery said. “I want to change.”
Pratt later sentenced Montgomery to five years of community control following a drug and alcohol assessment, a mental health assessment, and drug court assessment before being released from jail. Once on community control, Montgomery will have to follow the guidelines in those assessments in addition to obtaining full-time employment, undergoing random drug screenings, attending AA/NA meetings, and adhering to a curfew.
Pratt reserved an 18-month sentence in prison for Montgomery should Montgomery violate community control.
In other news:
• Mackenzie L. Leonard, 25, of Piqua, was sentenced to prison after violating her community control conditions.
Leonard had previously been granted the opportunity to obtain treatment in lieu of conviction, which was revoked Monday in Miami County Common Pleas Court. Leonard was then sentenced to serve nine months in prison for fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs, third-degree misdemeanor soliciting, and first-degree misdemeanor child endangering.
Leonard has 142 days of jail credit and must pay $125 in restitution to the Troy Police Department.
• Joseph M. Farmer, 53, of Piqua, was sentenced to two years of community control for fifth-degree felony theft. Restitution was already paid to the victim.
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