Troy woman sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

Allen, 25, guilty of drug trafficking

By Sam Wildow -



MIAMI COUNTY — A Troy woman was sentenced to serve five years in prison for two felony counts of drug trafficking on Monday.

Katie M. Allen, 25, of Troy, was sentenced to five years in prison for second-degree felony trafficking in drugs and to 11 months in prison for fifth-degree felony trafficking in drugs, to be served concurrently, in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

Allen’s attorney, Steve Lehman, spoke briefly on Allen’s behalf, saying that Allen expected to receive a prison sentence and asked for that sentence to be at the lower end of the sentencing scale. Lehman added that Allen was cooperative at the time of her arrest.

Troy Police Department detectives arrested Allen and charged her with felony trafficking heroin and methamphetamine in May. Allen was located as she left a residence in the 300 block of Mulberry Street in Troy. Upon a search of her vehicle, an officer found 21 grams of methamphetamine, a cap of heroin, and a small baggie of suspected fentanyl and heroin as well as cocaine. Other items included small baggies often used to distribute drugs.

According to the report, Allen claimed she bought 300 capsules of heroin and one ounce of methamphetamine in Dayton the day before and “restocks her supply of meth and heroin almost daily.” In the report, Allen said she sold drugs “trying to make some quick money after recently being released from prison on possession arrests.”

“She was homeless. She was desperate,” Lehman said about Allen’s actions during her sentencing hearing on Monday. He added that she planned on applying herself in prison to counseling programs to help put her criminal convictions behind her.

“I am truly sorry for what I’ve done,” Allen said. She became emotional while reading a letter to Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee in which she reiterated Lehman’s remarks, saying that she planned to better herself and seek counseling “to ensure I never go back” to her old lifestyle.

Allen’s mother also spoke briefly on Allen’s behalf, reiterating that Allen needed to undergo counseling.

Miami County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janna Parker and Gee both pointed out that Allen had committed these actions approximately a month after she had been released from a prior drug offense.

“The defendant was released from prison and immediately resumed trafficking in very dangerous drugs,” Gee said. He later added, “Your short stay in prison certainly did not make an impression on you.” Gee said that “the community is better off” without Allen selling drugs.

Gee also granted a forfeiture of a 1998 Ford Taurus and $550 in cash that were seized during Allen’s investigation.

Allen had 85 days of jail credit. She will be subject to three years of post-release control upon her release from prison.

In other news:

• Steven D. Butt, 27, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve nine months in prison for fifth-degree felony theft and 12 months in prison for second-degree felony trespassing in a habitation, to be served concurrently, in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Butt previously had a joint recommendation with the state for Butt to serve time on community control, but he did not appear to have to any place to live should he have been granted community control.

Gee found Butt to be “a risk to the community” due to Butt’s criminal history.

Butt had 133 days of jail credit.

• Austin D. Johnston, 23, of Piqua, entered a plea of guilty to fifth-degree felony breaking and entering in Miami County Common Pleas Court. His plea was part of a plea agreement with the state to drop the gun specification included in his indictment.

Johnston was originally charged after the Clark gas station in Piqua reported their store had been broken into overnight between March 28-29. They said the suspect broke a window and stole cigarettes.

Johnston is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 24.

• Michael A. Talley, 35, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve two years on community control for fifth-degree felony possession of drugs.

“I never wanted to seek treatment before. I do now,” Talley said.

Gee noted that Talley has not done well on probation for past convictions, such as ones committed in Illinois, but he said, “I am willing to give you an opportunity to get some drug treatment.”

Gee reserved six months in prison should Talley violate his community control.

Allen, 25, guilty of drug trafficking

By Sam Wildow

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