Troy man sentenced for fatal crash

Former lawyer also to serve 90 days

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Scott Gray, 37, of Troy, was sentenced Tuesday for four years in prison for his involvement in a fatal July 2015 crash.

The crash happened in the early hours of July 11 on South Dixie Drive near Crestview Drive in Vandalia.

In the day following the crash, Gray fled the scene and later turned himself in to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s local office.

Gray’s “vehicle’s event data recorder showed the defendant’s vehicle was traveling 101 mph five seconds before the crash and 76 mph one second before the crash in a marked 35 mph zone. The defendant did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash,” according to a press release from Mat Heck, Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney.

The victim, 37-year-old Melissa Carlson, later died in September 2015 from the injuries she suffered in the crash.

She was riding in the car with her husband and two other passengers at the time of the crash. All four were transported to an area hospital following the crash.

Gray was convicted of vehicular homicide and three counts of failure to stop after accident, according to Heck’s press release. In addition to prison time, Gray was also ordered to pay $8,625 in restitution and had his driver’s license suspended for a total of nine years.

In other court news:

On Tuesday, Joshua Albright, 29, was sentenced to serve 90 days in Miami County Jail on Tuesday for fifth degree felony theft for not turning in money owed to his former law firm.

Albright, who now resides in Cadiz, Ohio, formerly practiced law with Roberts, Kelly and Bucio law firm, which states he failed to turn over approximately $60,000 worth of contracts to the firm. According to court documents from Oct. 1, 2013, to about Sept. 11, 2014, Albright was paid for his services by his clients and never turned the funds over to the firm. He entered a guilty plea to the charge in April.

Albright entered into a plea agreement to one count of forgery, a felony of the fifth degree in Shelby County Common Pleas Court. In that case, he is set to appear for sentencing on June 10 in Shelby County.

According to that agreement, Albright agreed to sign an affidavit of retirement or resignation, in which he will discontinue his practice of law. In that case, Albright was originally charged with five counts of forgery, but the prosecution dropped the other four counts as a part of the agreement. According to the grand jury indictment that was handed down in February 2015, on Aug. 15, 2014, Albright knowingly uttered falsified paperwork for custody on behalf of Christopher M. Strunk, which bore a fraudulent file stamp from the Juvenile Court of Shelby County.

On Dec. 17, 2015, The Ohio State Bar Association filed a motion with the Supreme Court of Ohio for immediate interim remedial suspension of Albright. The next week, the supreme court ruled in favor, suspending his practice of law for an interim period.

The following persons were arraigned on grand jury indictments in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday:

• Joshua Studebaker entered a not guilty plea for one count of illegal manufacturing of drugs (steroids), a second degree felony and possession of drugs, a third degree felony. He was released on his own recognizance. A pre-trial conference was set for June 13 with Judge Christopher Gee presiding. In March, Studebaker was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at a home on Dronfield Road in Troy. The search warrant was the result of an undercover investigation into the alleged manufacturing and sale of illegal anabolic steroids.

• Tevin Tevis entered a not guilty plea on one county of trafficking drugs (cocaine) and possession of drugs, both second degree felonies. Judge Jeannine Pratt set bond at $750,000 on both counts. Tevis remains in Miami County Jail. A pre-trial conference was set for June 13 with Judge Gee presiding. In March, Troy Police Department and its tactical response team served a search warrant on 1308 Imperial Court, Apt. G, Troy, after reasonable cause that Tevis, along with another subject, were allegedly selling and distributing cocaine.

• Gary Grubb, 51, entered a not guilty plea on one count of first degree felony rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition, a third degree felony. A pre-trial conference was set for June 20 with Judge Pratt presiding. The charges allegedly involved a minor under the age of 13 and occurred in 2011 at Grubb’s home in Bethel Township. He remains in Miami County Jail with a $450,000 bond on all charges.

• David Yates entered a not guilty plea on one county of first degree felony rape and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third degree felony. A pre-trial conference was set for June 20 with Judge Pratt presiding. Yates allegedly engaged in digital penetration multiple times with a female child who was under the age of 10 at his home in the 3000 block of Stauffer Road. Yates remains in Miami County Jail with a $400,000 bond.

Former lawyer also to serve 90 days