Former radio personality granted treatment in lieu of conviction


By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com



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MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt granted 700 AM-WLW radio personality Lisa M. Wells, 38, treatment in lieu of conviction on Monday.

Wells appeared with attorney Bryan Penick for the hearing and entered a plea of guilty to four counts of fifth-degree felony aggravated drug possession and OVI.

Wells said the experience “has been eye-opening for me” after Judge Pratt denied her ILC last August. She told Judge Pratt she appreciated the opportunity to seek ILC again.

Wells said she completed an inpatient treatment program, attends NA/AA meetings three times a week and submitted her treatment plan to the court last January. Her attorney requested her treatment plan and records to be sealed.

Judge Pratt said she appreciated Wells defense counsel’s memorandum of support and reminded Wells the court granted her another opportunity to submit the proper ILC plan.

“Let’s be frank, you were not really ready,” Pratt said.

Pratt told Wells the Miami County courts do not “rubber stamp” ILC motions and the court takes in-lieu of conviction and drug and alcohol treatment plans seriously.

“I will not hesitate to revoke your ILC,” said Pratt, noting she was not doing Wells any favors because she’s an attorney.

“In fact, you know the rules better than most,” Pratt said.

Pratt accepted Wells’ guilty plea for OVI and placed her on community control for two years. She ordered Wells to continue her treatment plan, undergo an alcohol and drug assessment, abstain from drugs and alcohol, attend meetings and to complete 40 hours of community service and submit monthly reports of her treatment plan to the parole office.

Pratt reserved 12 months on each count. For the OVI charge, Pratt ordered Wells to pay $1,000 fine, added six points to her license. She also sentenced Wells to serve 180 days of jail with 177 days suspended. Judge Pratt ordered Wells to attend a three-day inpatient alcohol and drug program for three days jail credit. She also was ordered to pay $140 to the Ohio State Highway Patrol for lab fees.

Last November, Wells was re-indicted by a grand jury on the charges stemming from a traffic stop on Jan. 25, 2016, by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Last September, Judge Jeannine Pratt denied Wells’ motion for treatment in lieu of conviction charge due to inconsistent treatment reports from Wells’ treatment facility.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop on Wells on Jan. 25, 2016, on Interstate 75 near Piqua for expired registration. According to court records, the trooper also noted that Wells was weaving in her lane and even crossing the lines on each side of her lane. The trooper reportedly saw pills in plain view before searching the vehicle. The trooper seized oxycodone, alprazolam (also known as Xanax), amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.

Wells is an attorney and former radio personality from West Chester, and was a frequent call-in guest on the Bill Cunningham Show on 700 AM-WLW.

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By Melanie Yingst

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