London woman gets nine months for trafficking
By Jane Beathard
A London woman was sentenced to nine months in prison on Friday for selling the painkiller Percocet to a confidential police informant on May 24, 2012.
Michelle L. Stevens, 24, last known address 41 W. First St., pleaded guilty in December in Madison County Common Pleas Court to a single count of trafficking drugs in the vicinity of a child. A second count, stemming from a June 27 drug deal, was dismissed.
Judge Robert D. Nichols gave Stevens a month to take care of family matters before going to prison. He took no position on early release for the woman.
Although Stevens’ crime appeared to be a “small-time drug sale,” a pre-sentence investigation showed the woman was experienced in trafficking and active in a drug-dealing network.
She told court probation staff that she and her family were living in their van when relatives coerced her into selling the Percocet in exchange for financial help. But police recordings of the undercover deals showed Stevens was well versed in trafficking and likely “skimmed” some Percocet for personal use during the exchange.
In other recent common pleas court action:
• Marlon E. Johnson, 40, 20 Stewart Ave., London, was sentenced to 120 days in Tri-County Regional Jail, after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.
Johnson was originally charged with felony domestic violence, stemming from an Oct. 21, 2012 incident. However, the victim refused to cooperate with authorities and that charge was reduced.
Johnson was credited for 60 days already spent in jail.
• Keith Daniels, 27, 3458 Wilson Woods Drive, Columbus, pleaded guilty to burglary, stemming from a Sept. 2, 2012 incident. Additional charges of theft and possession of criminal tools were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Daniels now faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the third-degree felony conviction. Nichols ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set a March 29 sentencing date. Defense attorney Dustin Blake requested his client undergo screening for admission to the West Central Community Correctional Facility as part of that investigation.
• Jason Mickle, 29, 184 E. Center St., London, pleaded guilty to theft, stemming from a July 25, 2012, incident. Additional charges were dismissed as part of a plea bargain.
Mickle has a lengthy criminal history and is likely headed to prison for as long as a year for the fifth-degree felony conviction. Nichols ordered a brief pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing on March 29.
• Adam C. Glass, 25, 7975 Oakwind Court, Westerville, pleaded guilty to a Sept. 22, 2012, theft from his girlfriend’s family. Glass faces up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine, depending on the outcome of a pre-sentence investigation. Nichols set sentencing for March 29.