Cluxton sentenced to prison in Brown County

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
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GEORGETOWN, Ohio — A West Union, Ohio, man who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide was recently sentenced by the Brown County Court of Common Pleas Judge Scott T. Gusweiler.

Steven E. Cluxton, 30, was indicted in early July, where he was charged with third-degree aggravated vehicular assault, second-degree vehicular homicide and two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to the indictment, after a urine test, it was determined that Cluxton had a trace of methamphetamine in his system.

Detailed in a crash report made by Officer Kyle Klontz of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, on June 6, Cluxton was driving southbound on U.S. 68 near Georgetown, when he crossed the center line and struck a silver Ford F150, continued on the opposite lane, then collided head-on with a brown GMC Sonoma. One of the passengers in the Sonoma later died from the injuries sustained in the crash.

In late August of this year, Cluxton entered a guilty plea to vehicular assault and homicide before Gusweiler and the common pleas court.

On Monday, Gusweiler sentenced Cluxton to a seven-year confinement in the Ohio Department of Corrections, followed by a four year confinement to be served consecutively.

Cluxton’s drivers license has been suspended for three years to life, and a restitution is to be paid to the driver of the Sonoma.

Other sentencings include:

— Aaron T. Stamper, 27, of Mount Orab, Ohio, was indicted on May 31 and charged with third-degree failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a charge carrying a maximum penalty of 36 months in prison and a fine of $10,000.

On Sept. 12, Stamper entered a guilty plea, and was convicted of failure to comply before the Brown County Common Pleas Court. On the same day, Gusweiler sentenced Stamper to 24 months in the Ohio Department of Corrections and a life suspension of his drivers license.

— Daniel L. McCleese, 27, of Ripley, Ohio, was indicted on Aug. 13, and was charged with seven counts of grand theft when the property is a firearm or dangerous ordinance, two counts of third-degree trafficking in marijuana and four counts of fifth-degree breaking and entering.

On Sept. 12, McCleese entered a guilty plea to one count of grand theft and one count of trafficking in marijuana, where on the same day Gusweiler sentenced him to two terms of 24 months in prison to be served concurrently. All other charges were dismissed.

— An indictment was filed against Robert A. Powell III, 46, of Georgetown, on July 30. Powell was charged with two counts of third-degree domestic violence.

Powell entered a guilty plea to one count of domestic violence on Sept. 12, where he was subsequently sentenced to 24 months confinement in the Ohio Department of Corrections, by Gusweiler. All other charges were dismissed.

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Jonathan Wright

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