MOUNT VERNON — A 2015 fatal crash came back to haunt a Mount Vernon man sentenced on domestic violence charges Thursday in Knox County Common Pleas Court.
Devin Frazee, 33, was sentenced to three years and three months in prison by Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel on a domestic violence charge and a probation violation from a 2016 aggravated vehicular homicide conviction. Wetzel further ordered a $17,641.76 restitution for the domestic violence victim’s hospital bills.
The domestic violence charge stems from June 28, when Frazee assaulted his girlfriend. The girlfriend’s injuries resulted in hospitalization.
At the time, Frazee was on probation for the aggravated vehicular homicide charge. Prior to June 28, Frazee had violated his probation by testing positive for drugs. Wetzel allowed Frazee to continue on community control, but reserved a 30-month prison sentence.
Wetzel gave Frazee the balance of the 30-month prison sentence, with credit for 240 days served in jail, plus 17 months on the domestic violence charge. The sentences were ordered to be served consecutively, or one after the other, by Wetzel.
The aggravated vehicular homicide charge stems from a June 19, 2015, crash on Ohio 229 west in which Lois A. Badger, 68, was killed.
In court Thursday, Frazee apologized to Badger’s family and his girlfriend. Frazee said only he and his addiction to drugs are to blame, and “I’m not getting anything that I don’t deserve.”
Several members of Badger’s family spoke from the gallery to say that Frazee’s apologies were not enough, and could not bring Lois back.
Also Thursday, Luke T. Wilson, 27, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony carrying three to 11 years in prison. In exchange for Wilson’s plea, charges of trafficking in heroin and corrupting another with drugs were dismissed.
The charge stems from Jan. 26, 2017, when Wilson provided drugs to Trever Davis, 28. Davis died from an overdose the same day.
Wilson further pleaded guilty to a trafficking in marijuana charge, stemming from a unrelated incident brought in a separate grand jury indictment.
Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville has recommended a prison sentence of four years.
Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Nov. 15.
Julie A. Gough, 25, Mount Vernon, pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of drugs, illegal processing of drug documents and tampering with records.
The charges stem from July 13, 2017. An investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s office found that Gough was faking medicine reports for residents of a Mount Vernon nursing home. According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christine Williams, Gough filled out request forms in the names of three residents and obtained painkillers.
At the time, Gough was a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Nov. 15.
Judicial release was granted Thursday for a Thornville man halfway through an 11-month prison sentence on one count of importuning. Andrew Wiegand, 39, was released from his prison sentence by Wetzel and placed on five years of probation.
In exchange for early release, Wiegand dropped an appeal of his Feb. 13 jury trial. At the trial, Wiegand was found guilty of importuning for texting a Knox County Sheriff’s detective posing as a 15-year-old girl and asking her to take part in his feces fetish.
As a result of the conviction, Wiegand was classified as a sex offender, required to register his place of residence with the sheriff’s office every year for the next 15 years.
Because Wiegand’s crime was facilitated through electronic media, Wetzel ordered that Wiegand’s cellphone and other internet capable devices be subject to review by probation.