Three men, including a Drug Court participant, go to prison

By Gary Huffenberger -





WILMINGTON — A Blanchester man received a three-year prison term after being convicted of corrupting another with drugs, possessing heroin, and complicity to convey prohibited items onto the grounds of a detention facility.

A consolidated sentencing hearing was held for the three separate cases and three convictions against Matthew John Hudnell, 35. For the sentencing here, he had to be transported from prison because of a prior Clermont County conviction.

Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck said Hudnell has “a significant criminal history and repeatedly violated directives of this court in past cases.”

In a plea agreement, prosecution recommended a two-year prison term for Hudnell, noted Rudduck in the judgment entry.

But the judge rejected the recommendation, and instead pronounced a total three-year prison term. The sentence includes within it a two-year term that will begin only after Hudnell completes his Clermont County prison term.

As part of the sentence, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority will supervise the defendant for three years after he is released from prison.

In another recent felony sentencing, a You Turn Recovery Drug Court participant was sentenced to prison for two and a half years for violating community control rules.

Traey Vincent Rockhold Sr., 34, of Wilmington had previously attended the STAR Community Justice Center program and had been a participant in the You Turn Recovery Drug Court docket since June 2015.

“These latest findings represent at least 10 violations of terms of the You Turn Drug Court docket that the defendant has incurred,” stated Rudduck in a court paper.

Rockhold did not report to his supervision officer on multiple occasions, violating his community controls.

“The court has run out of local options to sanction defendant who has repeatedly failed to comply with all terms of community control,” the judge wrote.

In a separate sentencing, a Wilmington man was given an 18-month prison term for trafficking in meth and possessing meth.

Toby Lee Brewer, 35, has served prison time before, according to court papers.

On May 2, 2016 in Wilmington, police arrested Brewer on an arrest warrant. Officers found 3.4 grams of meth, a syringe and digital scales in a subsequent search of Brewer and his vehicle, according to a police affidavit.

On Nov. 1, 2016, Brewer was arrested on a trespass warrant through WPD. When he was arrested, he was riding a bicycle while wearing a backpack on Farquhar Avenue in the city. He was carrying a total of 17 syringes, 12 of them in his backpack, states an affidavit.

The affidavit states Brewer also had two metal spoons with residue and small digital scales.

As part of the sentence, Brewer was ordered to forfeit $895 seized from him by law enforcement in the May 2 arrest.

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By Gary Huffenberger