Three sentenced to prison

By Kimberly Gasuras -

Rudel Chatman

Rudel Chatman

Stanley Paynter

Several defendants appeared in Crawford County Common Pleas Court this week for sentencing hearings including a Bucyrus man who was sentenced to prison time on several charges.

Rudel Chatman, 44, Bucyrus, pleaded guilty to one count of domestic violence, a third-degree felony, harassment by an inmate, a fifth-degree felony, and two misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest and persistent disorderly conduct.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Sean Leuthold sentenced Chatman to four years in prison with the possibility of judicial release after he serves 15 months and ordered him to pay a $5, 000 fine.

Stanley W. Paynter, 51, Bucyrus, is also heading to prison after he pleaded two counts of drug trafficking, both fifth-degree felonies.

Leuthold sentenced Paynter to eight months in prison on one of the charges and seven months in prison on the second charge. Paynter had been recently sentenced to 35 months in prison on a probation violation in Hardin County so he must serve all three sentences consecutively for total of 50 months in prison.

Christopher E. Bryant, 28, Bucyrus, pleaded guilty to violating his probation by testing positive for marijuana, opiates and cocaine on Feb. 5. He had been placed on probation for a 2012 breaking and entering conviction and possession of drugs conviction in 2013.

Leuthold sentenced Bryant to a total of 16 months in prison.

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By Kimberly Gasuras