State v. CastnerAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's sentence for violating the conditions of his community control, holding that the trial court was within its authority to impose Defendant's full suspended twelve-month prison sentence under the circumstances of this case.
As a condition of his community-control sanction Defendant was ordered to complete a drug treatment program. Soon after entering the program, Defendant was kicked out for misconduct. Defendant's probation officer filed a complaint alleging that Defendant had violated the conditions of his community control. Defendant admitted to the alleged violations. The trial court imposed the twelve-month prison term. Defendant appealed, arguing that his failure to complete the programs were technical violations, and therefore, his sentence could not exceed the ninety-day sentencing cap contained in Ohio Rev. Code 2929.15(B)(1)(c)(i). The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the circumstances surrounding Defendant's violations were such that they could not be deemed merely technical in nature; and (2) therefore, the sentencing cap did not apply, and the trial court had discretion to sentence Defendant to a twelve-month prison term.