During sentencing hearing, judge cites defendant’s prior record, Clinton County Jail behavior

By Gary Huffenberger - ghuffenberger@aimmedianetwork.com



WILMINGTON — A Clinton County man, found guilty of burglary and attempted arson, received a 4½-year prison sentence.

George Samuel Huston, 44, of Midland, has a “lengthy history of criminal activity dating back to a one-year prison term imposed by this court in 1999,” stated Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck.

In addition, the judge noted Huston is regarded as unsuited to take part in STAR Community Justice Center programming because STAR officials assessed Huston as having a “propensity to violence.”

Moreover, the defendant assaulted corrections staff while he was incarcerated in this case, according to Rudduck.

Prior to the resolution of the case, Huston was found competent to stand trial, and also “it appears not clinically appropriate for a not guilty by reason of insanity defense,” Rudduck wrote in a filed court entry.

Along with the prison term, the defendant is ordered to make restitution of $1,303 to reimburse the victim.

At the plea hearing, Huston pled no contest, and was found guilty.

The burglary and attempted arson reportedly occurred in early October 2016 on State Route 134 in Clinton County. The victim attended the sentencing hearing and provided a written victim impact statement.

Huston was granted time credit for the 27 days he had already served in jail on the case.

Prosecution waived any reimbursement for investigation costs, according to a court paper.

At two other Clinton County felony sentencings:

• Dorthy Ellen Briggs (also known as Dorthy Bennett), 30, of Wilmington, received a suspended six-month jail term and was placed on community controls for a year for possessing drugs, a fifth-degree felony. She was granted credit for 15 days in jail on the case.

• Stacy R. Fairchild, 41, of Xenia, was granted intervention in lieu of conviction in a case where she was facing charges of drug possession and cocaine possession, both fifth-degree felony level offenses.

As a result of the intervention action, all criminal proceedings in the matter are stayed, and Fairchild will enter an 18-month period of rehabilitation. Nonetheless, she must still pay all court costs in the case, and a $300 intervention specialist fee.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.


By Gary Huffenberger