Troy man to serve 18 years in prison

Sentenced on two counts of rape of minor child

By Melanie Yingst -



MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced Thomas A. Contento, 49, on Monday to serve 18 years in prison for two counts of first-degree felony rape.

Contento pleaded guilty in May after originally facing a total of eight counts of rape. He was sentenced to serve nine years for each count and was ordered to serve the sentences consecutively. He was granted 188 days of jail time credit and is not eligible for early release.

Contento’s guilty pleas were part of a plea agreement with the state, which dismissed the six other counts of first-degree felony rape. According to previous reports, the sexual acts were against a child under the age of 11.

Contento did not make a statement in court prior to the sentencing. The now adult victim tearfully read her account of the abuse she suffered as a child. She said she came forward to protect other children from Contento.

Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Watkins said what the victim endured “was something no child should have to go through” and asked the court to uphold the joint recommendation.

Contento had no prior record. A pre-sentence investigation noted Contento failed to show remorse for his actions which he continued to deny.

Contento must register as a sex offender for 10 years and serve five years of mandatory post-release control following his release from prison.

In other court news:

• Dennis Ullery, 44, of Houston, was sentenced to serve two years of community control for his role in a road rage and reckless driving incident, which escalated to an assault involving a vehicle on Friday, Sept. 11.

Ullery reportedly drove onto the Upper Valley Career Center (UVCC) parking lot property at 8 a.m. to scold a juvenile for what he thought was reckless driving. Ullery then allegedly assaulted two juvenile students, striking one with his car.

There was surveillance video of the incident provided to police.

“You crossed the line, quite frankly this could have ended very badly for you,” Pratt told Ullery. Ullery, who owns a trucking company, apologized for his actions.

Ullery entered a plea of no contest to the second degree felonious attempted assault charge. Judge Pratt ordered Ullery to complete anger management and safe driving classes after noting his lengthy traffic record.

• Deon’ta Dunbar, 31, of Troy, was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail and placed on two years of community control for fifth-degree possession of cocaine on Monday.

Judge Pratt said it was Dunbar’s last chance for community control noting his pattern of past offenses. The offense was committed while Dunbar was on probation. Dunbar’s license was suspended for six months. She ordered Dunbar to participate in AA/NA meetings as part of his conditions of probation.

Sentenced on two counts of rape of minor child

By Melanie Yingst

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