Clinton County court imprisons Ryan and Donna Pleukharp

Wife and husband pled to trafficking, child endangerment

By Nathan Kraatz -

Ryan Pleukharp

Ryan Pleukharp

WILMINGTON — Two Wilmington residents were sentenced to prison Thursday after they and attorneys agreed to terms.

Ryan Pleukharp, 35, of Wilmington, pled guilty to third-degree felony charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs and child endangerment and received 18 months in prison with credit given for 90 days spent in jail. His license was suspended for six months, and almost $2,800 of suspected drug money was seized and ordered forfeited.

Ryan’s wife, Donna Pleukharp, 36, of Wilmington, pled guilty to a third-degree felony charge of child endangerment and received nine months prison. Credit was given for 71 days in jail.

The sentences came after both defendants and the prosecution agreed to a sentence.

Both were sentenced by Clinton County Court of Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck, who also ordered them to have three years of post-release controls, according to court documents. None of the prison time is mandatory, those documents also revealed.

Greene County’s Clerk of Courts’ website showed that Ryan had previous convictions of trafficking in drugs and endangering children in Greene County.

The Pleukharps were initially arrested in early September and charged with multiple counts of child endangerment and aggravated trafficking in drugs. Indictments for both place the time of events from April to September.

When Wilmington police announced the arrests, they said the Pleukharps kept two children in their apartment in small closets, even confining one with a small gate.

The investigation, Wilmington Police Chief Duane Weyand said, was initiated by a complaint of drug activity. Police found the children while executing a search warrant. Weyand said police also found drugs, items indicating drug trafficking and two dogs’ urine and feces in the apartment.

The drugs were Oxycodone, according to the September indictments.

Three felony charges each of endangering children and aggravated trafficking against Ryan were dismissed.

One felony and two misdemeanor counts of endangering children against Donna were dismissed as were all three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

A photo of Donna was not available.

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Wife and husband pled to trafficking, child endangerment

By Nathan Kraatz