Piqua man caught growing pot sentenced

Bertholomey to serve community control

By Melanie Yingst - Miami Valley Today

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced a Piqua man to serve four years on community control with “no breaks” on Thursday.

Micah A. Bertholomey, 39, of Piqua, was sentenced to community control for two counts of fifth-degree felony trafficking drugs and a fourth-degree attempted drug possession in another case. Judge Pratt reserved one year in prison for the fifth-degree felonies and 18 months for the fourth-degree felony if he fails to comply with community control. He also must pay $450 to the Piqua Police Department in restitution. He forfeited $457 recovered during the investigation.

Prior to sentencing, Bertholomey said, “I let the courts down, I let my family down.” He said he regretted his actions and was ready to put the case behind him.

Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Spitzer said the state agreed to remain silent at sentencing.

Judge Pratt reviewed Bertholomey’s record, which included one prison sentence and four terms of community control, three of which were successful. She found Bertholomey expressed genuine remorse for his actions.

“You got yourself into a bit of a pickle,” Pratt told him after she reviewed his record. Pratt noted this was not the first time Bertholomey had sold marijuana. She did note he had complied with pre-trial services and had a period of time without any criminal activity, yet said, “I see in you, you have criminal thinking.”

She ordered Bertholomey to comply with drug and alcohol assessments, attend NA/AA meetings twice a week, abide by a curfew and submit to random drug screens. She also suggested Bertholomey to obtain other full-time employment since he said he was employed at a bar.

“That’s probably not the best environment for community control,” she told Bertholomey. She also ordered him to serve 30 hours of community service.

“This is a crossroads … there’s a better life out there if you chose it,” Pratt said.

Bertholomey was originally charged with third-degree felony child endangering, third-degree felony trafficking in drugs, and fourth-degree felony illegal manufacturing/cultivation of drugs on April 2, 2018.

Bertholomey allegedly was cultivating marijuana as well as preparing to distribute the marijuana within the vicinity of a child in the city of Piqua.

Members of the Piqua and Sidney Tactical Response Team executed a narcotics-related search warrant at Bertholomey’s residence on the 400 block of East Greene Street on April 2, 2018. According to court records, a total of 348 grams of marijuana were discovered during the search, along with plastic baggies and two sets of digital scales.

Other items found in the residence included lights, a watering system, reflective material, planters, and fertilizer, in addition to “numerous dried marijuana plants located with these items,” according to court records. A 6-year-old child was also located living within the residence.

Bertholomey to serve community control

By Melanie Yingst

Miami Valley Today