Wapak Women Charged In Case

Staff Writer

Two Wapakoneta women have been charged in connection with the 2014 murder of a Uniopolis man.
According to online court records, Sarah McPheron, 26, and Natosha Gilbert, 28, both of Wapakoneta, were charged for offenses that allegedly occurred on June 8, 2014 — the date of the murder of Charles Hicks.
An Auglaize County Sheriff’s detective confirmed the connection to the Hicks case. As part of a plea agreement, McPheron pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 4. According to a journal entry in the online report, she has been released on an own-recognizance bond pending sentencing. The report also states that the state will recommend she be sentenced to community control with conditions, a violation of which would result in her facing 11 years in prison.
Gilbert was indicted on Oct. 22 and arrested Oct. 23. Online records state she faces three charges in connection with the case: one count of murder; one count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; and one count of intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony.
Bond was set at $500,000 with a 10 percent provision on Monday by Auglaize County Common Pleas Judge Frederick Pepple. She faces arraignment today.
Hicks, 53, was found dead in his home at 2 S. Main St., Uniopolis, on June 9, 2014. Three men, Aaron Dietrich, James Dinsmore and Joseph Furry, pleaded guilty to murder charges in the case and have received life sentences with the possibility of parole in 30 years.

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