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Cheri Brooks serving jail term for violating probation

Cheri Brooks' booking photo from the Hancock County Jail. Brooks was sentenced to 10 days in jail for a probation violation. (Provided to The Courier)

Cheri Brooks’ booking photo from the Hancock County Jail. Brooks was sentenced to 10 days in jail for a probation violation. (Provided to The Courier)

Cheri Brooks this week began her first stay in the Hancock County jail.

The woman who allowed Vera Jo Reigle to live in her Findlay home and later lied to police investigating Reigle’s murder has been jailed for violating her probation.

A judge ruled Brooks was in contact with unrelated minors, which she is prohibited from doing.
Brooks, 51, of Findlay, on Tuesday was ordered to serve 10 days in jail. She is scheduled to complete her stay July 18.
This jail term comes years after Brooks was sentenced to community control sanctions for obstructing justice in the Reigle murder investigation, a third-degree felony.
Reigle, 24, was repeatedly stabbed in March 2011 on a railroad bridge near downtown Findlay.
Cheri Brooks falsely told police that Reigle left the Brooks house that night with a boyfriend, but Reigle was actually with housemates Daniel Bixler and Nicole Peters, officials said.
Bixler later admitted to the murder and Peters admitted to conspiring to murder. Cheri Brooks and four other of her family members were convicted of obstructing justice for making false statements to police.
Cheri Brooks was sentenced in October 2011 to a deferred 30-day jail term, depending on her medical condition. She is confined to a wheelchair, and her attorney said she has high blood pressure and diabetes.

Courier reporter Ryan Dunn will have more on Thursday.

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