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Probation sentences handed down in common pleas

Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County woman who previously served prison time after pleading guilty to a felony theft charge in 2010, was recently sentenced to two years of probation in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County after she pleaded guilty to one count of heroin possession.


Jessica L. Clark, 26, Gallipolis, was sentenced earlier this week to 24 months, in 90 day segments, of community control.


Clark was indicted in this case on two counts of drug possession and two counts of trafficking in drugs after she was found to be in the possession of three grams of heroin on September 2, 2013, and had allegedly prepared the drug as well as two grams of crack cocaine for sale or distribution.


She subsequently pleaded guilty to count one of the indictment in December after negotiating a plea agreement in this case, and the probation sentence was handed down on Tuesday.


Clark was previously charged with one count of theft, a fifth degree felony, after she stole a computer, dog food and miscellaneous tools from Walmart in Gallipolis on January 3, 2009.


She pleaded guilty to theft on November 3, 2009, and was sentenced on December 7, 2009, to two years of probation.


Community control violations were filed in this case on June 30, 2010, after the defendant was reportedly out of compliance with her probation through the Gallipolis Municipal Court and tested positive for cocaine, opiates, benzodiazepine and oxycodone on June 29, 2010.


After failing to appear for a hearing on July 26, 2010, a warrant was issued for the defendant’s arrest in this case. She was subsequently arrested in August, and, during a hearing on August 16, 2010, her community control was revoked and she was sentenced to a total of 11 months in a state prison. She was given credit for 20 days served and was ordered to pay unpaid supervisory fees and courts costs upon her release from prison.


In her newest case, as a condition of her probation, Clark was further ordered to be evaluated by Spectrum Outreach Services, register with Ohio Employment Services, pay $50 a month while on probation and was ordered to pay the court costs. In addition, her operator’s license was suspended for six months and she was given credit for a total of four days of time served in this case.


In an unrelated common pleas case, Arlie E. Curtis, 44, Bidwell, formerly of Columbus, was also sentenced on Tuesday to 24 months of community control after he pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession.


According to the indictment that was filed on June 12, 2009, Curtis was in the possession of 0.01 grams of heroin on February 19, 2009, a fifth degree felony.


Curtis was not arrested on the warrant on indictment in this case until 2010, and was present in court for an arraignment on July 7, 2010. Bond was later posted for his release.


This case was later scheduled for a plea change hearing in October 2010 — a hearing that was later continued as the defendant’s defense counsel was substituted; and, after Curtis failed to appear for a subsequent status conference in November 2010, a warrant was issued for his arrest for failure to appear.


An additional status hearing in this case was later scheduled for June 28, 2012, and the defendant also failed to appear for this scheduled hearing.


Curtis was subsequently arrested on December 16, 2013, and his bond was revoked.


The defendant pleaded guilty on January 2 of this year to drug possession and was sentenced earlier this week to two years of probation.


As a condition of his probation, Curtis was ordered to pay $50 a month while on probation, ordered to perform community service, ordered to register with Ohio Employment services and to be evaluated by Spectrum Outreach Services. He was given credit for 38 days served and was ordered to pay court costs.

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