Suspects in Dystiny Myers case have a history of crime

Review of court records shows property and drug convictions but no pattern of violence

nwilson@thetribunenews.comOctober 7, 2010 

Criminal records of the five people charged with murder in the recent death of a 15-year-old Santa Maria girl show convictions that include drug possession or use and stolen property crimes.

But none of the five showed a pattern of violent behavior, according to a review of court records in the counties where they had been living — San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Fresno.

The defendants’ criminal records vary by the number and seriousness of the offenses.

Little information has been released by Sheriff’s Department officials about what may have led to Dystiny Myers’ burned body being discovered Sept. 26 in a remote Santa Margarita field. The five who have pleaded not guilty to murder are: Jason Adam Greenwell, 20, Frank Jacob York, 19, and Rhonda Maye Wisto, 47, all of Nipomo; Ty Michael Hill, 28, of Santa Maria; and Cody Lane Miller, 22, of Fresno.

They’re scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Oct. 15. Three of the five have past convictions for drug-related offenses; four had jail sentences in their past. Here’s a closer look:

• Greenwell was convicted of the most crimes, all in the past two years. His San Luis Obispo County record showed five misdemeanors and a felony conviction for receiving stolen property.

In 2008, Greenwell was sentenced to 180 days in County Jail for misdemeanor battery and 10 days in County Jail for a misdemeanor of resisting an officer; three other misdemeanor crimes relate to theft.

• York had two felonies and a misdemeanor, including one felony for receiving stolen property as part of a bust that recovered a Nipomo woman’s stolen Ford Ranger truck in 2009. York also was convicted this year of a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

According to court documents, York tested positive in February for the illegal drugs methamphetamine, marijuana and benzodiazepine.

In court records, York admitted to probation officers that he needed help for substance abuse, including alcohol.

He spent time in and out of substance abuse treatment programs, according to court records. He also was convicted of a misdemeanor use of a controlled substance in January.

• Hill was sentenced in Santa Barbara County to 16 months in state prison for possessing a deadly weapon in 2003, a billy club, while out of custody pending a case alleging forgery involving prescription pills. The forgery case was dismissed.

Hill’s Santa Barbara County record also showed a 2000 felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

• Wisto was convicted of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance in 2003 and was sentenced to 10 days in County Jail.

• Miller was convicted in April of a misdemeanor theft charge, according to Fresno County records; his sentence included attending Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

Each of the defendants remains in custody in County Jail without bail.

Sheriff’s Department officials would not release results of Myers’ autopsy Thursday.

Additionally, two search warrants that investigators sought following the discovery of Myers’ body have been sealed by a judge.

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