Prison ordered for two smuggling drugs

By Jane Beathard

May 8, 2014

Three Toledo men will spend a year in prison for smuggling drugs into a local prison last summer, following hearings in Madison County Common Pleas Court on Thursday, May 8.

Shane Ybarra, 29, and Timothy A. Hill II, 30, pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle contraband into London Correctional Institution (LoCI) on July 23, 2013. Steven C. Houston, 30, pleaded guilty to the actual smuggling.

Judge Eamon Costello sentenced each to a year behind bars.

According to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins, Hill was an LoCI inmate when he allegedly arranged via phone with Houston to deposit a trash bag containing tobacco and marijuana on prison grounds. Prison investigators intercepted the phone calls and arrested Ybarra and Houston at the drop site on Roberts Mill Road, near prison property.

Costello delayed start of the sentences until May 30, allowing each man time to conclude personal affairs.

However, the judge denied Hill’s request for a longer delay. Hill sought a July 1 report date, saying he pre-paid for a June vacation, court staff said.

Also on Thursday, Andrew M.R. Crotty, 18, of London, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted arson, stemming from a Dec. 31, 2013 barn fire on Tradersville-Brighton Road.

Crotty was originally charged with arson. He has no other criminal history.

He faces up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine, but will likely receive a probationary sentence for the fifth-degree felony.

However, he will be classified as an “arson offender” with mandatory reporting requirements.

Costello set sentencing in the case for June 30.

Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.