Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein told Patrick J. Flint, Ft. Recovery, he heard the defendant blame others three times and say twice “I should have been smarter.” Hein said the criminal record indicates Flint consistently takes the wrong steps, then noted “you couldn’t keep the appointments I told you to make.” The broken appointments were with John Tabler, Darke County adult probation officer.
Hein then sentenced Flint to 30 days in jail for Petty Theft plus 30 days in jail for Non-Support, to be served consecutively. He added, however, he was giving Flint what he’d requested: the time to start a job and keep it, allowing for work release as he served his jail time. He told the defendant he needed to present himself to the Darke County jail Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. to begin serving his term. Hein also imposed 150 days of unsupervised probation for the theft charge.
“Assistant Prosecutor Jesse Green is going to show up at my door and say ‘I told you so’ if you don’t do this. I’m giving you what you asked for… a chance to show up. Do your time.”
Both Green and Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley were in court Feb. 11 regarding the two sets of charges. Green recommended 30 days for non-support while Quigley asked for 90 days on the theft.
“There has been no restitution,” Quigley said, “and he has a long history of criminal offenses. Community control won’t do anything.”
Flint’s attorney, Michael Reman, acknowledged his client was wrong but noted Flint was taking items sitting outside, valued at less than $100.
Flint spoke several times on his own behalf, noting he wanted to try to make better decisions in the future.
Darke County court records show 16 criminal charges dating back to 1993. Most were theft charges, including one Theft from the Elderly. Court records also show several miscellaneous charges, including traffic violations.