Two Wilmington men receive prison terms

By Gary Huffenberger -




WILMINGTON — A local man will serve a prison term for using a bodily substance to harass a law enforcement officer and also for, in a separate case, felony domestic violence.

Jonathon Jacob Smith, 19, of Wilmington, pled guilty to the charges in a plea agreement where a charge of assault and two counts of domestic violence were dropped.

Based on written reports from competency and psychological evaluations of the defendant, Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck ruled in February that Smith was competent to stand trial and aid in his own defense, and also that the defendant was not eligible for the plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Then in early March, in the second case, Smith was arrested and jailed for felony domestic violence. The next day, according to a document in the case file, the defendant tested positive for fentanyl, morphine and ETG (alcohol).

Smith waived the process of a pre-sentence investigation report which a judge uses in sentencing a person. Sitting Judge William B. McCracken issued a 12-month concurrent prison term for the two combined cases, as recommended by both defense and prosecution.

Smith was granted credit for 134 days he spent in the county jail in the first case, and received time credit for 23 days in jail on the second case.

At an unrelated sentencing, a Wilmington man received a nine-month prison term for attempted tampering with evidence when he hid a hypodermic syringe among fruit pie snack foods at an area convenience store. There was a warrant out at the time for William Edwin McCarren, 28, and a Clinton County sheriff’s deputy entered the store when McCarren was there.

Both defense counsel and the prosecution recommended the nine-month prison sentence. Sitting Judge William B. McCracken concurred with the recommendation.

McCarren was granted time credit for the 94 days he spent in the county jail on the case.

In another case, Andrew Scott Totten, 30, of Wilmington, was placed on community controls for five years and given a suspended six-month jail term after he was found guilty of domestic violence.

As part of his community control sanctions, he will take part in STAR Community Justice Center programming.

Totten was awarded credit for 73 days he was in jail on the case.

Alexander C. Jackson, 36, whose address is listed as at-large, was placed on community controls for two years and given a suspended six-month jail term after being convicted of trespassing in a habitation.

Jackson was granted time credit for 127 days served in the local jail on the case.

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By Gary Huffenberger