Woman gets probation, ordered to pay about $1,500 in restitution to victim

Cary Ashby • May 20, 2014 at 9:19 AM

A Plymouth woman who attempted to steal dangerous drugs must pay about $1,478 in restitution to the victim while on three years of intensive probation.

Melinda S. Oney, 46, of 37 Bell St., Plymouth, also must undergo psychological counseling. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway prohibited her from having any association with the rural Willard male victim or be on his property. Oney also was fined $250 Wednesday.

Oney pleaded guilty March 6 to attempted receiving stolen property.

"Her sister got her wrapped up in this," said defense attorney Nancy Jennings, who believes her client will do well on probation.

Oney faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence, meaning her probation officer has the option of when to impose the sentence. The officer also can ask the judge to waive part or all of it if Oney does well on community control. A probation violation could result in a one-year prison term.

A 55-year-old Willard man had hired Oney's sister, Samantha T. Robinson, 43, of 169 Beelman St., Plymouth, to clean his house and Oney later showed up reportedly to help her. Robinson spent the night, but Oney didn't. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff has said the pair discovered some Percocet pills, split them up and took them without the victim's authority.

"I learned not to be at the wrong place and the wrong time," Oney told the judge Wednesday.

The defendant said multiple times she was "very sorry" for what she did.

On the morning of Nov. 20, the victim drove Robinson to Willard so they could do some Thanksgiving Day shopping. He said Oney claimed to be sick and requested to stay on the couch while he and Robinson went shopping.

When they returned home, the victim said he found a garbage bag and hamper full of his belongings near the back door where he entered his house. He recognized a blanket he keeps on his sofa and demanded to see what was inside the bag and hamper.

"I started to go through it --- and got clobbered by Melinda," the man earlier told the Reflector. "I was beat up and robbed. ... They took all my medication."

The pair fled on foot from the man's home. The victim said he went to the doctor the next day and was told his back was "black and blue" and had a big lump.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office recovered 69 Percocet pills at Robinson's residence.

"She voluntarily consented to a search," Woodruff said earlier.

Robinson will be sentenced July 17. In late March, she pleaded guilty to attempted theft of drugs.

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