Man gets community control for taking kids, leading police on chase

James Depew (Courtesy Warren County Jail)
James Depew (Courtesy Warren County Jail)

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) -- James Depew, the 42 year old man from Michigan who plead guilty to Attempted Failure to Comply and two counts of endangering of children in August, was sentenced on Wednesday.

Depew will be on community control for three years.  The failure to comply with the terms of his control will result in imprisonment for two years, one year for the failure to comply and six months for each of the counts of child endangering for a total of four years.

Depew led Waynesville Police, Ohio State Patrol, Ohio DNR and the Butler County Sheriff Helicopter on a man-hunt across Warren County, and through Caesar's Creek State Park with two children taken from Michigan.

The County Prosecutor's office requested that Depew receive prison time for his offenses, but the sentence was suspended in favor of community control.

Warren County Common Pleas Judge James Flannery was stern with Depew.

"Fleeing from police is not an option, fleeing with children is never an option," Flannery stated.