Tipp City woman who smuggled heroin into jail sentenced to prison

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com

MIAMI COUNTY —The Tipp City woman who smuggled in heroin, leading to another inmate to overdose inside the Miami County Jail, will spend 12 months in prison.

Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Danielle Brandyberry, 39, of Tipp City, to serve a year in prison for third-degree felony illegal conveyance of drugs into jail and tampering with evidence and six months for drug trafficking charges. The sentences will run concurrently.

Judge Gee told Brandyberry she “very well could have caused the death of another woman” to whom she gave heroin to while she was incarcerated.

Brandyberry apologized for her actions and said she was thankful for her incarceration.

“I am an addict and I”m pleading for help today,” she said. “Life is too precious and I don’t want to take it for granted.”

As part of a joint plea agreement, state prosecutors remained silent during sentencing.

On Feb. 26, Troy medics responded to the downtown jail to treat Tonya Moberly, 46, of Dayton, for a suspected heroin overdose.

Brandyberry admitted to authorities that she smuggled the drugs inside a body cavity which went undetected by officers. She admitted to flushing the heroin caps before officials conducted a search.

Brandyberry received 67 days of jail credit. Brandyberry also has two active warrants for her arrest in Clark County. She was ordered to pay $125 to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and $250 to Tipp City Police Department as restitution.

• A Troy man was placed on two years of community control for felony drug trafficking charges.

Brennen Knouff, 23, entered a plea of guilty on a bill information for felony trafficking drugs after Troy Police Department authorities discovered and dismantled a psychedelic mushroom growing operation inside his East Main Street home last August.

Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt ordered Knouff to complete a drug and alcohol assessment, a mental health assessment, maintain employment, complete regular drug screens, attend AA/NA meetings and perform 25 hours of community service. She reserved up to 18 months in prison if Knouff fails to complete the conditions of his community control.

By Melanie Yingst