|By Amber Gillenwater, Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Ohio|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Lentes, who pleaded guilty to his four-count indictment during a hearing in November, is alleged to have forged the signature of Gallia County Common Pleas Judge
The four-count indictment also outlines two charges of theft in which the defendant is alleged to have stolen cash from six victims between
Lentes, who served two terms as the
After an investigation, the state Supreme Sourt's
In 2010, Lentes was arraigned in the
A plea hearing was later held in this case and, after an inconsistency in the indictment and proposed written plea agreement was discovered, the defendant withdrew his proposed guilty plea. The state also later indicted its desire to dismiss the charge and re-indict the defendant at a later date.
After an impending jury trial was continued several times,
The entry reads, "Based on her inability to testify, the state does not have sufficient evidence to proceed. Additionally, the state is aware of other incidents in which the defendant was involved in and is preparing to go to grand jury based on those events."
Crow again denied the state's motion for dismissal, but Crow later withdrew as trial judge due to medical reasons in an entry dated
A new indictment was filed against Lentes on
A summons was later filed for Lentes' appearance. The defendant however, who was then living in
Lentes was subsequently arrested on the warrant in
He subsequently appeared for an arraignment hearing with his retained counsel,
Lentes later posted a
During a plea hearing
During Monday's hearing that was continued from an earlier scheduled hearing in January, the defendant was sentenced to five years probation. He was further ordered to pay restitution to the victims.
According to the judgment entry, the defendant was ordered to pay
He was further ordered to pay
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