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September 3, 2014
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Greenville man escapes felony conviction

GREENVILLE – A Greenville man who was indicted on a first degree felony charge pleaded guilty on two misdemeanors Tuesday morning in the Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Justin L. Dispennette, 19, of Greenville was charged with Aggravated Burglary, a first degree felony, and Assault, a first degree misdemeanor, after an incident involving his teenage girlfriend on March 6 in Greenville.

Darke County Prosecuting Atttorney Kelly Ormsby chose to reduce the Aggravated Burglary count to an Aggravated Trespass, a first degree misdemeanor, since Dispennette only stepped foot inside the door while arguing with his former girlfriend. The Assault was kept as part of the plea agreement since Dispennette did grab the girl’s arm during the altercation.

According to defense attorney Stephanie A. Gunter, Dispennette has been going through counselling for anger management and is planning to hopefully enter the military.

Judge Hein sentenced him to 180 days, with 148 days suspended and 32 days jail credit. He is also to be place on a community control sanction for a year.

“Hard lessons are what you make of them,” Judge Hein told Dispennette. “Ask for advice from now on instead of asking for forgiveness after doing something stupid.”

Dispennette is also ordered to complete 40 hours of community service, pay restitution and court fine.

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