London man sentenced for violation

By Jane Beathard - Contributing Writer

Jared Cave

Jared Cave

An 18-year-old London man, with a criminal history that began at age 13, was sentenced to nine months in prison on Thursday for violating his probation on a 2017 criminal trespass conviction.

Jared Cave admitted in January to the violation.

Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello noted Cave’s age, but said the man’s extensive juvenile record of theft, drug possession and probation violation convictions mandated prison time.

Cave admitted in court to a drug problem.

In addition to the prison time, Cave was ordered to serve three years of post-release control.

In other court action on Thursday:

• April Rothen, 38, of London, was sentenced to a year of community control for stealing credit cards and $700 in cash from a local businessman in order to buy cocaine. She was also ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and repay the victim.

Rothen pleaded guilty to a single count of theft in January.

Rothen was cleaning the man’s Madison Lake home in October when she took the money, as well as Visa and MasterCards. She admitted to using the cash to buy cocaine.

• Talon C. Dugard, 30, of London, was sentenced to drug treatment at the West Central Community Correctional Facility in Marysville, for stealing his parents’ motor vehicle and cell phones in September.

If he fails to complete the program, Dugard will go to prison for 36 months, Costello said.

Dugard, an admitted heroin addict, has failed to appear for previous court proceedings in the past, including a Nov. 27 hearing on the theft charge.

He also has pending charges in Hocking County, assistant prosecutor Nick Adkins said.

Dugard blamed a previous romantic involvement for the “chaos” in his life.

• Brenda Doby, 44, of London, was also sentenced to drug treatment at the West Central facility and two years of community control for possessing cocaine in May. Doby was hospitalized for pneumonia when she injected a hypodermic of cocaine into her IV line. She had been released from prison three months earlier.

Court documents also said Doby overdosed on drugs in late December while on bond, but was revived by medics from Madison County EMD.

Costello said Doby could go to prison or accept drug treatment and community control. The woman debated, before choosing the treatment option.

“I don’t want to die,” she admitted.

• Aaron T. Taylor, 31, of Circleville, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating the terms of his community control on a 2017 theft conviction. Taylor completed treatment at West Central, but did not complete post-release counseling at a different mental health facility.

• Prison inmate Alberto Hernandez, 58, was formally charged with felonious assault on a fellow prisoner in June. Hernandez, who is serving a life sentence for child rape in Franklin County, was housed at Madison Correctional Institution at the time of the alleged attack. He is currently in the maximum security prison at Lucasville.

Adkins said Hernandez allegedly stabbed the fellow inmate in the face with a pen during a dispute over coffee.

Hernandez’ indictment specifies that he is a repeat violent offender.

Costello entered a not guilty plea for Hernandez and appointed the Ohio Public Defender’s Office to represent the man at a March 27 jury trial.

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By Jane Beathard

Contributing Writer