Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Coach's sons may avoid prison




By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — The adult sons of longtime Badin High School football coach Terry Malone, who have admitted they stole drugs from the school, are being screened for the Butler County Drug Court program.

        Steven and Andrew Malone were to be sentenced Monday by Judge Michael Sage of Butler County Common Pleas Court.

        But Judge Sage postponed sentencing when their attorney, Mike McGee, told him they were candidates for drug court, a program that offers intensive counseling and monitoring as an alternative to jail.

        Andrew Malone, 22, and his brother, Steven, 19, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and theft of drugs. Andrew Malone also pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, and his brother pleaded guilty to attempted theft of drugs.

        The charges against each of them carry a maximum prison sentence of 31/2 years. But if they're accepted into the program, they would avoid prison as long as they comply with the program.

        Police say the brothers used their father's keys to get into the school on four occasions and steal medications used to treat attention deficit disorder.

        If they are not accepted into the program, they will be sentenced by Judge Sage on July 12.

        School officials said in early April that they noticed a couple of pills missing from the locked cabinets in the nurse's office.

        They called police after they discovered a large number of pills missing between April 20 and 25.

       



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