Blanchester man gets 3-year prison term on meth verdict

By Gary Huffenberger -




WILMINGTON — A Blanchester man received a three-year prison term for having chemicals to make meth and for permitting drug abuse by another person.

Christopher William Keech, 32, was indicted on six charges in June 2016 for alleged activity in Clinton County. In a plea agreement, prosecution and defense counsel jointly recommended the 36-month prison term.

Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck found the recommended sentence to be appropriate. Rudduck noted that Keech has served time in prison before, and additionally, that the conviction related to plans to make meth favors prison time.

In the negotiated settlement, prosecution indicated it would not oppose an early release from prison after Keech serves six months provided there are no new felonies and a positive report from prison.

Keech might be supervised for three years after his prison release, stated court papers.

Time credit for 21 days in the county jail was granted.

Aaron M. Stephens, 33, of Hillsboro, was given a nine-month prison term for possessing heroin and obstructing official business, both of which occurred in Clinton County in mid-April 2016.

The prison term is to run concurrently with a 20-month prison term out of Highland County. That prison term was being served in the Toledo Correctional Institution.

Stephens received credit for 14 days in jail on the Clinton County case.

The charge of obstructing official business is a misdemeanor. The charge of heroin possession is a fourth-degree felony offense.

Credit was granted for 90 days spent in incarceration.

Billie Jo Wilson, 37, of New Vienna, was placed on community controls for a two-year term. The rules of her community controls include participation in the STAR Community Justice Center programming at Furnace Franklin, Ohio.

The sentence stems from her being found guilty on two counts of drug possession, both fifth-degree felonies.

Wilson also was given a suspended six-month jail term; she received time credit for 74 days served at the Clinton County Jail.

Amanda D. Garen, 26, of Sabina, was found guilty on two charges of receiving stolen property, one charge of which is a misdemeanor. She then was sentenced to two years on community controls, with participation as a resident of the STAR Community Justice Center a condition of her community controls.

Garen was given a suspended six-month jail term, with credit for 26 days already spent in jail on the case. She was ordered to pay $200 restitution to a victim of her activity.

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By Gary Huffenberger