Just days before her potential release, a woman and her mother have been charged with attempting to bring drugs into the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
A Union County Grand Jury has indicted Amanda D. Hudson and her mother Mary J. McCarthy.
Hudson, 21, and McCarthy, 50, have each been charged with one count of illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto grounds of a specified governmental facility.
Hudson is an inmate at ORW, serving a 23-month sentence for vandalism and identity theft in Clermont County. According to court documents, McCarthy, of New Richmond, was planning a visit to her daughter. Law enforcement officials learned McCarthy was planning to bring drugs into the prison and pass them to Hudson during the visit. On Dec. 4, 2016, McCarthy arrived at the prison for her visit. Warned of the plan, prison officials searched the woman before she was able to meet with her daughter. During the search, investigators allegedly found four pills in her undergarments.
“McCarthy agreed to speak with troopers,” said Union County Assistant Prosecutor Rick Rodger.
When questioned, McCarthy claimed the pills were for her own, personal use.
“They had an inkling of the plan ahead of time, but she was attempting to come into the prison with them, which is a violation in itself,” Rodger said.
If convicted, Hudson and McCarthy could each be sentenced to as many as five years in prison.
According to court records, McCarthy could have been released as early as Monday based on the decisions of the court.
Prosecutors have repeatedly said the presence of drugs in the prison makes it more difficult for corrections staff to maintain order in the facility.
The Union County Grand Jury also indicted:
Teri R. Garko, 42. Garko is currently serving a 12-year sentence in the Ohio Reformatory for Women for attempted murder, felonious assault and assault out of Summit County. Garko is charged with one count of harassment with a bodily substance. According to court documents, Garko allegedly threw a bodily fluid at a prison employee. If convicted, Garko could face an additional 12 months in prison. Garko has Union County convictions in 2013, 2014 and 2016 for the same offense.
Setimio James Signoracci, 21, of 19910 Westlake Lee Road, Marysville. Signoracci is charged with one count each of harassment with a bodily substance and aggravated menacing. Rodger said that in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, police found Signoracci who was allegedly drunk.
“The officers essentially wanted him just to go home,” Rodger said.
The officers tried to explain that to Signoracci who, Rodger said, “got more and more and more belligerent.”
He became so belligerent that Marysville Police Officer Mark Sullivan decided that for the man’s own safety, he needed to be arrested.
As Sullivan was trying to arrest Signoracci, the man allegedly spit at the officer, hitting him in the eye, on the cheek and in his mouth.
Sullivan was taken to Memorial Hospital because his eye began to turn red. Signoracci was taken to Tri-County Regional Jail. While in route and once at the jail, Signoracci allegedly continued to misbehave.
“When they took him to Tri-County, he continued to verbally assault (Officer Jason Rowe),” Rodger said. “He said he knew the officer’s family, where they lived and he was going to come after them.”
If convicted on all counts, Signoracci could face as many as 12 months in prison.
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