A Columbus man will be going to prison for mailing his imprisoned brother prescription opiates.
Aaron Chitison, 31, of Columbus, was sentenced to 12 months in prison on a single charge of conveyance of drugs.
His attorney, Robert Beck, asked Judge Eamon Costello to consider the difficult life his client has led.
“I’ll be the first to admit, he’s had struggles in the past,” said Beck. “He has a rough childhood … the one thing he had was his brother. He had his brother to look up to his parents weren’t always around … he and his brother took care of each other. When his brother went to prison on a series of felony offenses, his brother asked him to help him.”
Beck argued the brother had directed Chitison to mail him portions of his buprenorphine prescription, an opiate also known as suboxone, to his brother, an inmate at Madison Correctional.
The defense attorney said that Chitison considered it “the stupidest thing [he] had ever done.”
Assistant county prosecutor Nicholas Adkins noted prior felony convictions for Chitison and community control violations, arguing for a prison sentence.
“[The pre-sentencing investigation] indicates he’s not amicable to community control and I agree with that considering his history,” he said.
Costello argued that the defendant’s significant rap sheet was too much of a factor to consider anything outside of prison.
“In what way do you think he might change?” Costello asked Beck.
In February, Chitison was charged with two counts of illegal conveyance of drugs, both third-degree felonies.
The second count was dropped in return for his plea.
Other criminal cases heard Monday:
— Chad Baird, 39, of Mount Sterling, was in court for violating his community control agreement again, specifically to repair a vehicle he had promised to return.
After several attempts, he returned the vehicle by parking it across the street from the prosecutor’s office. While reviewing the affidavit of the violation, Costello noted an examination performed by a London-based auto shop which Costello said had found a “litany of items that still needed to be repaired.”
There is an additional allegation that Baird also showed up to probation admitting to and testing positive for heroin use.
A full hearing is scheduled for July 28.
— Terry Simpson II, 39, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Previously, he pleaded guilty to a charge of complicity to illegal conveyance of drugs, a third-degree felony.
A second charge of the same sort was dropped in return for his plea.
Theresa Kugele twice mailed buprenoprhine to Simpson while he was incarcerated at Madison Correctional Institution in September 2014.
Kugele is currently serving a year and a half behind bars for her role in the crime.
— Michael R. Schrader, 32, of London, pleaded guilty to improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. Adkins told Costello that there were no terms to an agreement to plead guilty outside of recommending sentencing based on a pre-sentencing investigation report.
He could face 6-18 months in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.
In April, he was issued a citation for driving without a valid license and driving under suspension at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and State Route 29 in West Jefferson.
According to the indictment, a Ruger brand PT92 AR handgun, chambered for 9mm was found to be stored in a manner that was accessible to the driver or the occupant without leaving the vehicle.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 24.
— Cody Kemmerling, 27, of London, was arraigned for a community control violation.
According to an affidavit, he had left Ohio for Indiana between July 4 and July 11 without informing the probation office before the trip and when he reported to probation on July 13, had tested positive for opiates and cocaine.
A full hearing will be held July 28.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, or on Twitter @msfkwiat.
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