Missing court dates costs Vincent man

A Vincent man who didn’t show up for his August sentencing on a breaking and entering charge and more recently skipped a hearing on a probation violation was sentenced Tuesday to 11 months in prison.

Shannon S. Hines, 25, of 1220 Brackenridge Road, pleaded guilty Tuesday to breach of recognizance, a fourth-degree felony.

Hines violated his probation for a fifth-degree felony breaking and entering charge, was given a bond hearing and was released on a personal recognizance bond, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

Hines was required to show up for a hearing on his probation violation Dec. 19, said Rings.

“On that day he failed to show up,” he said.

Hines was eventually located in Vienna, W.Va. and found during a traffic stop, said Rings.

“He was found hiding in the back seat of that vehicle,” he said.

The incident was not the first time Hines missed a court appointment.

He also failed to show up for his sentencing date on the underlying breaking and entering charge in August.

Hines had previously pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of breaking and entering for breaking into a Radabaugh Road home in Marietta and stealing a video game system and other items in August 2012.

He blamed a toothache for his failure to appear at the Aug. 13 sentencing. When he did come to court the next day, he requested and was granted a two-day delay of the start of his 60-day jail sentence so he could attend a dentist appointment.

He never attended the dentist appointment but did show up at jail as scheduled and served his sentence on the underlying charge, said Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth.

Therefore, the breach of recognizance was the result of the most recent no-show, he said.

After Hines’ release on the breaking and entering charge, he violated his community control sanctions in many ways, said Rings.

Hines failed to contact his probation officer as scheduled, failed to keep the supervisor aware of his address, violated a temporary protection order and was charged with shoplifting in Wood County, W.Va., said Rings.

In addition to pleading guilty to breach of recognizance, Hines also admitted to the probation violations.

Hines’ attorney Ray Smith clarified that the plea would also resolve another pending theft charge against Hines.

“My understanding is this admission and plea would resolve of all his felonies in the state of Ohio,” said Smith.

Rings agreed that a theft case that had been bound over from Marietta Municipal Court but not yet indicted would be dismissed.

Following the plea, Hines was sentenced on the breach and had time added to the underlying breaking and entering charge.

Hines was sentenced to 11 months in prison on the breaking and entering charge with credit for 68 days served. Burnworth also ordered him to serve six months on the breach of recognizance charge and ordered the sentences run concurrently.