Gallia men sentenced to 11 months in prison

By Dean Wright -

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Mitchell Waugh

GALLIPOLIS — Two Gallia County men were recently sentenced to 11 months in prison for their respective and separate crimes —one for failing to uphold probation terms and another for illegal possession of drugs.

Mitchell Waugh, 37, of Crown City, violated the terms of his community control in 2014 after being convicted of one of non-support of dependents. His conviction came about from his failure to pay child support since July 2011 and owing a little more than $30,000.

“Our office pursues felonies of child support when there is a large (amount of money owed that should have been paid earlier) and there has been little to no attempt to make payments of any amount or secure employment,” said Gallia County Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman. “Before being prosecuted as a felony, my office pursues all other legal avenues in an attempt to secure compliance with the court’s order to pay child support.”

Waugh’s community control was revoked in Gallia County Common Pleas Court because of a drug screen testing positive for suboxone and marijuana use, among other violations. Waugh pleaded guilty March 21 and was ordered to serve 11 months in prison.

Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins said if Waugh had money to pay for drugs, he should have attempted to spend that on supporting his children.

“In this case, it was clear that (Waugh’s) responsibility was taking a back seat to the use of illegal drugs. Therefore, we pursued imposition of a prison sentence,” Adkins said.

Matthew Johnson, 67, of Bidwell, was also ordered to spend 11 months in prison after committing a crime separate from Waugh.

Johnson was placed on community control in 2014 after being convicted of one count for possessing drugs. Johnson was caught carrying roughly four and a half tablets of methadone, resulting in a fifth-degree felony charge.

Johnson failed to report to his community control officer as ordered. He reported once in May 2014 and did not return. A bench warrant was then issued for Johnson and his community control was revoked.

Johnson admitted his guilt on March 21 and was sentenced to 11 months in prison.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

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