Lawyer: Missing suspect in Alaska

LISBON – A New Springfield woman facing up to 34 years in prison for 28 counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug was reportedly in Alaska when she was to be sentenced Monday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Defense attorney Jennifer Gorby called her client, Sharon M. Mitchell, 38, Woodworth Road, New Springfield, when she was late for her hearing before Judge C. Ashley Pike Monday morning. After speaking with Mitchell, Gorby returned to the courtroom and informed Pike that although it was a bad connection, she believed her client was in Alaska.

Gorby went on to explain Mitchell is having family issues since her arrest and was having problems caring for her children, so she went to Alaska where she has family to help support her. Gorby added she believes Mitchell may be planning to return to Ohio sometime in July.

“It’s lovely she can fit us into her summer schedule,” remarked Pike before forfeiting Mitchell’s bond and issuing a bench warrant for her arrest.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to the charges in January.

Court documents note Mitchell used deception to obtain oxycodone, hydrocodone and diazepam on 28 occasions between January 2009 and December 2011. The charges are divided up between 12 fourth- and 16 fifth-degree felonies.