Man gets 4-year prison term for thefts, including an R+L Carriers semi-tractor and trailer

By Gary Huffenberger -






WILMINGTON — A man convicted of five theft-related offenses and two firearm violations has received a four-year prison term.

William J. Carter, 40, of West Chester and formerly of Wilmington, pled guilty to two counts of grand theft for stealing a 2016 semi-tractor and trailer, both owned by R+L Carriers, for which he was a truck driver.

He also pled guilty to theft of a prepass mobile data terminal and a GPS unit, owned by R+L. And he pled guilty to receiving stolen property in the form of a 1942 Ford pickup truck belonging to a West Chester individual, and a 2010 Honda Custom motorcycle belonging to a resident of Hamilton, Ohio.

The gun-related convictions are for carrying a concealed weapon — a Raven Arms .25 automatic firearm with a loaded clip — and for improperly handling a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

The stolen R+L Carriers semi-trailer reportedly contained freight that included 378 cartons of cigarettes. Items from the trailer were allegedly found in Carter’s Wilmington home and in his Hamilton business, the News Journal reported in February 2016.

In sentencing Carter, Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck stated the defendant has a troubling history with respect to misdemeanors and multiple motor vehicle traffic violations. The seven felony convictions in this case, however, were Carter’s first felonies.

Both prosecution as well as defense recommended the four-year prison term for Carter. Time credit was granted for 176 days he had spent in jail on the case.

The defendant was ordered to make restitution to the owner of the motorcycle in the amount of $3,025. That was the sole documented claim for restitution in the case. Carter has forfeited the handgun that was involved in the firearm offenses.

In an unrelated sentencing, John Dustin “Dusty” Fields, 32, of Wilmington, received a prison term of 2½ years after being found guilty of a January 2017 burglary in Wilmington and the grand theft of a Jimenez 380 pistol.

Two charges against Fields were dropped in the plea agreement. One charge was petty theft in which he was alleged to have taken watches, DVDs, Pistol Magazine, a cordless drill and Xbox games. The other charge dropped was “having a weapon while under disability.”

Rudduck described Fields as having a lengthy history of criminal activity and as having served prior prison terms.

“He previously attended the STAR Community Justice Center which appears to have made no discernible impact in his behavior. These [most recent] crimes appear to represent the fourth set of felonies upon defendant’s record, the last one being from the state of West Virginia,” stated the judge.

Fields’ request to be admitted into the local You Turn Recovery Drug Court was denied.

Trent A. Conger, 41, of Clarksville and formerly of Wilmington, saw his original two-year prison term re-instated after he did not comply with terms of his community control.

He originally was indicted in fall 2013, and was sentenced to the two-year term of prison in August 2014 for heroin trafficking. After serving about half of the prison term, Conger asked for an early release. At the hearing on the request where his prison report was reviewed and without objection from prosecution (provided Conger complete STAR programming as a condition), Conger was granted a judicial release from prison.

After completing STAR in October 2015, Conger did not report to his supervising probation officer starting in late December 2015 and thereafter until he was apprehended in March 2017 — 15 months later.

Credit was granted for 565 days Conger had spent in prison, jail or at the residential STAR facility in the case.

Bobbie Jo Hull, 35, of Hillsboro and formerly of Fairborn, received a prison term of 2½ years after she pled guilty to committing two counts of burglary in Clinton County.

As part of her sentence, Hull must pay restitution to one of her victims in the amount of $1,000 and to a second victim in the amount of $578.

She already was serving a prison term for a Greene County crime at the time of her sentencing here.

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By Gary Huffenberger