Two appear in common pleas court

Two people appeared in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Thursday. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided.

Joseph D. Pinks, 21, of Springfield, pleaded guilty via Zoom call from the Allen Correctional Institution to one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. Pinks is currently incarcerated on one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, out of Clark County, with an approximate release date of November 2023. He was sentenced to pay court costs.

Jonathan D. Cantu, 37, of Kings Court, Tenn., was arraigned via Zoom call on one count of breaking and entering and one count of theft, both fifth-degree felonies. If convicted, he faces up to 12 months incarceration and a maximum fine of $2,500 on each charge, none of which is mandatory. Cantu retained Alex Pendl as his counsel and pleaded not guilty to the indictment. He was released on his own recognizance, with his next hearing on Thursday, Oct. 14.


Abigail Miller / Staff Writer

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