A third co-defendant in a case involving a housecleaner and son, both imprisoned this month for thefts, will stay clear of prison if she stays out of further legal trouble.
Mallory D. Patel, now known as Mallory Tiller, 40, of Cincinnati, received a suspended six-month jail term Monday, was fined $1,000, ordered to pay restitution of $1,652 and $5,000 to two households that were her victims and was put on community controls for two years.
If she violates the rules of community controls, Patel faces a 30-month prison term.
Factors that helped keep her out of prison were a “very limited criminal history” and the fact she did not break into the burglarized residence but rather was the driver of the vehicle, said Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck.
Patel has an admitted substance abuse problem, stated court papers.
In a plea agreement, Patel pleaded guilty to a burglary charge and to grand theft. Four other charges were dropped in the negotiated settlement, including two counts of theft from an elderly person, theft of drugs and a second burglary charge.
The defense attorney, Travis L. Kane, told the judge that Patel now has her life “very much on track.” She has a full-time job as a medical assistant, is remarried and has opened an escrow account and deposited $4,150 toward restitution for her victims, according to Kane.
Rudduck said from the bench he thought “long and hard” whether to give Patel jail time but ultimately decided to make it a suspended jail sentence.
A victim, Bexley Beam, gave an oral victim impact statement. She alleged Patel “has great difficulty telling the truth.”
Beam said she thinks Patel “needs to be locked up for at least a year, possibly two.”
Housecleaner Linda D. Cox, 57, of Wilmington, received a seven-year prison term earlier this month and owes about $303,000 restitution to eight victims, while her son, John Justin Cox, 30, of Wilmington, got a four-year term in prison.
In a separate sentencing hearing on Monday, Charles E. Kuhn, 34, of Sabina, will take part in the MonDay program, a community-based correctional facility in Montgomery County, Ohio. He was found guilty of illegal possession of chemicals to make drugs.
A bed may be available at the MonDay Program in Dayton as soon as Wednesday, July 30.
Kuhn expressed a wish to regain visitation rights with his daughter and to be a “positive member of society again.”
Rudduck told him after he completes MonDay, there “may be a lot more local resources” available than is presently the case in Clinton County.
The judge said a community forum is being held at the court Wednesday, July 30 to address the local opiate addiction epidemic.
“We hope to really expand the range of possibilities on July 30 with a lot of community participation,” Rudduck said.
The forum starts at 4 p.m. July 30 in the Clinton County Courthouse.
Gary Huffenberger can be reached at 937-382-2574 ext. 2512 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.