Moore gets 9 more months
By Jane Beathard
A London man already serving a year in prison for a theft-related conviction will spend an additional nine months behind bars for selling heroin last summer.
Weston L. Moore, 27, pleaded guilty on Monday in Madison County Common Pleas Court to trafficking heroin on June 1 and June 6. Additional trafficking charges were dismissed by the prosecutor as part of a plea bargain. That arrangement included an agreed nine-month prison sentence.
Last month, Moore was sentenced to a year in prison after violating terms of his community control for a series of 2011 metal thefts. He was due for release on Sept. 4, 2012. That date is now bumped to June 4, 2013. Judge Robert D. Nichols said Ohio law requires a consecutive sentence for the drug convictions.
Moore was indicted by the county grand jury in September, following a lengthy undercover drug investigation by the London Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
In other common pleas court action on Monday:
• Buffie Renee Browning, 40, of London, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property between Feb. 13 and March 17. She faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for the fourth-degree felony conviction. However, current sentencing guidelines will likely place Browning on community control.
Nichols ordered a short pre-sentence investigation in the case and set sentencing for Dec. 13.
• Michelle Stevens, 24, of Mt. Sterling, was charged with illegally selling the prescription painkiller Oxycodone on May 4 and June 27. Stevens was living in London at the time. Both drug deals allegedly took place in the presence of a juvenile, increasing any potential penalties.
Nichols appointed Robert Bannerman to represent Stevens at a Dec. 18 trial and released the woman on a signature bond and house arrest.
• Scott Reynolds, 35, an inmate at Madison Correctional Institution, was charged with violating the terms of his community control on a 2011 conviction for breaking and entering. That violation stems from a recent heroin trafficking conviction in Knox County.
Nichols appointed Fred Ballam to represent Reynolds at a Nov. 8 hearing.
• Former Plain City-area resident Chad A. Boggs, 27, was returned to the Chillicothe VA Medical Center for drug treatment after admitting he violated terms of his community control for a 2012 theft conviction.
Boggs finished residential drug treatment at the veterans’ hospital, but failed to show up in September for aftercare sessions.
Nichols gave the veteran a second chance to address his addiction problem.