Accused escapee goes to prison

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra implemented sanctions Tuesday against a man who allegedly escaped the Eastern Ohio Corrections Center program.

Charles Raymond-Cody Miller, 21, incarcerated, last known address in Marietta, Ohio, saw his community control sanctions revoked and was sentenced to 18 months in prison with credit for 126 days served.

He initially had been sentenced to community controls and a term at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. According to reports from the county prosecutor’s office, on Dec. 23 Miller climbed over the fence of the facility and was caught walking along the road a short time later. He may face a charge of escape in Jefferson County and so did not admit to the offense before Vavra. His community controls were revoked for failing to complete the program.

In July, Martins Ferry police arrested an EOCC escapee in the city about 16 hours after he walked away from the facility. The Wintersville-based EOCC provides individualized drug and alcohol treatment, education and an opportunity to complete a GED program, attend college classes or receive vocational training. Its services also include a work release program and the chance to perform community service.

EOCC is a minimum security facility that operates on the assumption that the individuals sentenced to time there want to be rehabilitated. While the residents are not free to come and go, they are often outside the facility doing community service work.

In addition, Derrick Jerome Comby, 32, of Wooster, Ohio, was arraigned Tuesday and pleaded innocent to complicity to convey prohibited items onto the grounds of a government facility, a felony of the third degree occurring Dec. 15, 2015, to Jan. 3, 2016. His pretrial hearing was set for Jan. 2, with a plea agreement deadline Feb. 5 and trial Feb. 15. His bond was set at $10,000.