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March 2023 Grand Jury Indictments

Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K. Stanley announces that on March 8, 2023, the Meigs County Grand Jury returned twelve indictments. Those indicted include the following cases presented by the Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office:

Michael R. Atkinson, 41, of Racine, Ohio, was indicted for Aggravated Robbery, a felony of the first degree. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

Robert D. Blankenship, 26, of Ravenswood, West Virginia, was indicted for Possession of Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. The Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated this matter.

Chad E. Dzierwa, 47, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was indicted for Felonious Assault, a felony of the second degree. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

Logan Grate, 29, of Tuppers Plains, Ohio, was indicted for six counts of Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor or Impaired Person, a felony of the fourth degree, as well as twenty-three counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor or Impaired Person, a felony of the fourth degree. The Southeastern Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force investigated this matter. The Southeastern Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of fifteen law enforcement agencies including the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and the Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Walter J. Haggy, 54, of Rutland, Ohio, was indicted for Aggravated Burglary, a felony of the first degree, and Assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree. The Middleport Police Department investigated this matter.

Brandon L. Haning, 28, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, was indicted for Illegal Use of Food Stamps or WIC Program Benefits, a felony of the fifth degree. The Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services investigated this matter.

Michelle Henry, 28, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, was indicted for Trespass in a Permanent or Temporary Habitation, a felony of the fourth degree. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

Savanna K. Henry, 30, of Belpre, Ohio, was indicted for Trespass in a Permanent or Temporary Habitation, a felony of the fourth degree, and Violating a Protection Order, a misdemeanor of the first degree. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

Lloyd C. Riffle, 41, of Gallipolis, Ohio, was indicted for Failure to Notify Change of Address, a felony of the fourth degree. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

Katrina Spurlock, 57, of Chester, Ohio, was indicted for Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree, and Assault, a felony of the fourth degree. The Pomeroy Police Department investigated this matter.

Richard A. White, 29, of Middleport, Ohio, was indicted for Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fourth degree. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office investigated this matter.

Devin A. Brown, 28, of Syracuse, Ohio, was indicted for Felonious Assault, a felony of the second degree, and Endangering Children, a felony of the second degree. The Department of Job and Family Services investigated this matter.

All cases will proceed in Meigs County Court of Common Pleas.

For informational purposes, possible penalties for felony offenses committed before March 22, 2019 include: felonies of the first degree- 3-11 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine; felonies of the second degree- 2-8 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine; felonies of the third degree- 9-36 months in prison and up to a $10,000 fine; felonies of the fourth degree- 6-18 months in prison and up to a $5,000 fine; felonies of the fifth degree- 6-12 months in prison and up to a $2,500 fine. Possible penalties for first and second degree felonies committed on or after March 22, 2019 include: felonies of the first degree- a minimum sentence of 3-11 years in prison with an indefinite maximum sentence of up to 16.5 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine; felonies of the second degree- a minimum sentence of 2-8 years in prison with an indefinite maximum sentence of up to 12 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine. For most felonies of the fourth and fifth degrees, sentencing guidelines found in the Ohio Revised Code require first-time offenders to be sentenced to community control unless certain conditions exist permitting the imposition of a prison sentence.