Michael Speakman stands for sentencing in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
Michael Speakman stands for sentencing in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — Only two persons made appearances in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday in open court, however several pretrial hearings were held in various cases. No announcements are released from pretrial hearings.

The only sentencing of the day was Michael Speakman, 22, Willshire who was sentenced to 180 days in jail as part of three years of community control on a fifth-degree felony charge of telecommunications fraud. Speakman must also serve an additional 30-day jail term, perform 200 hours of community service, and pay fees and court costs. A 12-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Also appearing Wednesday was Tristan Boaz, 22, Van Wert. The hearing was scheduled as a sentencing hearing, but Boaz asked to have her case continued and to be released on electronic house arrest to help ease financial arrangements, and allow drug treatment. Her request was granted, appeared for sentencing, but made a motion to continue her case to allow her to seek drug treatment. Boaz will be sentenced on three counts of fifth-degree felony forgery at a later date. Boaz pleaded guilty to those charges on April 2 in connection with falsifying a signature on a check from Fast Fun Fitness in Van Wert.