Brother, sister charged after escape attempt

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Sometimes the bond between siblings is unbreakable. For one Marion family, even a trip to a detention facility could not break it.
A Union County Grand Jury has indicted Phillip Michael Simpson and his sister Amber Lynn Simpson.
Phillip Simpson, 25, is charged with one count of escape. His sister, Amber Lynn Simpson, 26, is charged with one count each of complicity in the commission of an offense, for allegedly helping him.
According to court documents, on Sept. 25, Phillip Simpson was at the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility (WCCBCF), convicted of felonious assault.
He requested to leave the facility so he could go to a dentist appointment.
Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said furlough requests for medical attention are “not unusual” at a community-based correctional facility. He explained that while prisons have a medical staff, community- based correctional facilities typically have limited medical resources. Officials granted Simpson’s request to leave.
“He did not go for a medical appointment and he did not return when he was supposed to,” Phillips said.
Instead of going to the dentist, Amber Simpson took her brother to a girlfriend’s home in Marion.
When Simpson did not return, investigators began to look for him. Investigators went to question Amber Simpson. She told officials she was taking her brother to the dentist when he broke from the car and ran away.
“She allegedly made statements to police that were not true, probably to protect herself,” Phillips said.
Through the investigation, officials learned Phillip Simpson was at the girlfriend’s home. When they arrived at the girlfriend’s home, police learned Amber Simpson had warned her brother the police were coming for him.
“When he learned they were coming to apprehend him, he fled,” Phillips said.
Eventually, the prosecutor said, investigators caught up with Simpson and he was arrested without incident. Amber Simpson admitted she had lied to investigators, according to court documents.
If convicted on all counts, Phillip Simpson could face as many as eight years in prison in addition to any prison time he is ordered to serve because of the felonious assault.
Amber Simpson could also face as many as eight years in prison if convicted.
Also indicted was:
-Vernon Eldon Swinning, 38, whose court-listed address is the Tri-County Regional Jail. Swinning is charged with one count of abusing harmful intoxicants, stemming from a Sept. 14 incident. Three weeks earlier, Swinning pleaded guilty to the same offense. If convicted, Sinning could face as many as 12 months in prison.
– Roger A. Cooper, 24, whose court-listed address is the Tri-County Regional Jail. Cooper is charged with one count of abusing harmful intoxicants, stemming from a Sept. 13 incident. On Aug. 24, Cooper pleaded guilty to the same offense.
– James Michael Gale, 26, of 528 S. Maple St., Marysville. Gale is charged with one count of trespass in a habitation, stemming from a Sept. 10 incident. If convicted, Gale could face as many as 18 months in prison.
– Brittany Sue Boneta, 26, of 110 N. Waverly Road, Cridersville. Boneta is charged with one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and possession heroin. According to court documents, on Feb. 17, Boneta was arrested with Fentanyl and heroin. If convicted on both counts, Boneta could be sentenced to as many as 30 years in prison.
– Zachary A. Wilson, 18, whose court-listed address is the Los Angeles County Jail. Wilson is charged with one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, stemming from a Sept. 3, incident. Wilson allegedly took a local woman’s Honda Accord.
– James Michael Rouse, 18, of 9664 Redwood Circle, Plain City, and Victor Dematteis, 18, 8230 Amity Pike, Plain City. Both men are charged with one count each of theft and breaking and entering. According to court documents, on Sept. 4, Dematteis and Rouse allegedly stole several dirt bikes, valued at more than $1,000. If convicted, both men could each face as many as 24 months in prison.
– Norman A. Barcus, III, 27, of 924 White Oak Court, Marysville. Barcus is charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs stemming from an April 5 arrest. Barcus allegedly had Oxycodone he was not permitted to have in his possession when he was arrested. If convicted on all charges, Barcus could face as many as 12 months in prison.



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