MIAMI COUNTY — A Piqua man was sentenced Friday to 24 months in prison for reportedly selling heroin in front of a school in August.
Eion Dangerfield, 24, of Piqua, was charged with third-degree felony trafficking in heroin after a Piqua police officer witnessed the drug deal. According to court records, Dangerfield’s arrest took place within 1,000 feet of Piqua Central Intermediate School at Nicklin and Park avenues.
The sentence, part of a joint recommendation with the state, will run concurrently with Dangerfield’s sentencing Thursday in Shelby County Common Pleas Court, where he was sentenced to eight years in prison for aggravated burglary in connection with the home invasion and assault of a retired Shelby County sheriff’s deputy.
Dangerfield and his co-defendants — William G. Copeland III, 18, of Sidney; John Lee Irvin Jr., 24, of Sidney; Brittany Nicole Morris, 18, of Troy; and Mercedes Leann Paul, 20, of Piqua — were charged after they allegedly broke into the home of retired deputy Isaac Bollinger, 75, in Plattsville, back in October. They said Bollinger’s grandson owed them $100.
“Mr. Dangerfield became a father last night,” Dangerfield’s attorney John Herndon said Friday in Miami County Common Pleas Court. “He wants to improve his life while he’s in there … He’s got something to work toward.”
“I’ve had time to reflect,” Dangerfield said.
Dangerfield stated his actions affected his family and him and that he hopes to have the “chance to come back and be a better person.”
“It’s a long time to be away, Mr. Dangerfield,” Judge Christopher Gee said. “I hope you can use your time wisely.”
Dangerfield also received a jail credit of three days. He must pay a restitution fee of $125 for the cost of laboratory tests.
In other news:
Chad D. Reiher, 33, of Piqua was sentenced this week for first-degree misdemeanor child endangering in connection with allegedly abusing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old child in December.
Reiher was sentenced to 180 days in jail with a 96 of those days suspended. Reiher then received a jail credit for the remainder of those 180 days.
The charge of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence was dropped.
According to court records, Reiher was accused of hitting the 3-year-old boy on his face, legs, and other parts of his body “as punishment for removing his seat belt.”
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