Hurston sentenced on aggravated menacing, weapons charges


GREENVILLE—A Darke County man was sentenced in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Monday. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided.

Eric P. Hurston, of Greenville, was sentenced to 43 days in jail with 43 days credit, and up to 60 months of community control sanctions on two counts of aggravated menacing, both first-degree misdemeanors, and one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony.

On or about July 12, Huston allegedly shot a firearm at two female victims in Greenville, while on disability for prior violent charges. His prior charges included assault with intent to murder, and weapons felony, which took place in Michigan in 2007.

Huston was originally charged with two counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies, along with the weapons charge, however, due to a plea, the assault charges were amended.

Hurston apologized to the community, the victims and his family.

“I would like to apologize for my actions on July 12,” Hurston told the Court. “And for my irresponsible, bad decision. I understand my mistake and I want to say I am truly sorry for the reckless decision I made that day. I also want to ask for forgiveness from the City of Greenville, victims and other persons affected by my actions.”

Judge Hein explained the sentence due to Huston’s “positive momentum in life,” since he committed the offenses.

“We don’t have to wreck the ship right now, but you can do that moving forward,” he said. “When I put people on supervision for up to five years, the next time around they prove to me that what we tried, isn’t going to work. It’s not a pass, it’s patience.”

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