EATON — A Dayton man was sentenced to 12 months of incarceration in Preble County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, Nov. 10, with Judge Stephen R. Bruns presiding.
John R. Young, 29, was sentenced on charges of trafficking in heroin. According to court documents, Young was indicted in Sept. 2019; a warrant for his arrest was issued after he failed to appear for a plea hearing in May of this year.
Young pleaded guilty to the charges in October. His previous record includes arrests in Montgomery County for possession of heroin, trafficking in heroin, and trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances.
Court-appointed attorney Kyle Lennen spoke in his client’s defense.
“I’ve gotten to know Mr. Young very well. He’s a proud father trying to make sure he stays out of trouble and provides for his family,” Lennen said.
Judge Bruns stated that a pre-sentencing investigation conducted in the case indicated otherwise, however.
“It’s kind of hard to ignore the history that we have here,” Bruns said.
Bruns offered the defendant some encouragement, however, urging him to take advantage of opportunities to better himself while in prison.
“I would like to see you participating in some programs, staying out of trouble, and applying for judicial release from me at some appropriate point, which I would strongly consider,” Bruns said.
Young was taken into custody by Preble County Sheriff’s Deputies after sentence was pronounced.
Also in court Tuesday:
Michael Pack, 30, of West Alexandria, was sentenced to 20 days of incarceration in the Preble County Jail, with credit for three days already served. Judge Bruns indicated that the defendant had asked for jail time rather than being placed on community control.
“My client has told me that, no matter what happens today, he’s going to voluntarily go back into treatment,” defense attorney Sam Borst told the judge before sentence was handed down. Bruns indicated that he would be allowed to serve his remaining jail time on a flexible schedule to allow him to attend treatment.
Jacob A. Brown, 39, of Eaton, was scheduled for sentencing on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, petty theft, possession of drugs or heroin, endangering children, driving under suspension, and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.
According to court documents, Brown tried to elude a police officer who attempted to pull him over in Feb. 2020. Brown’s driving privileges were restricted at the time.
Preble County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gractia Manning asked the court for a continuance to allow prosecutors to submit a sentencing memorandum in the case.
Defense attorney Kevin Lennen did not object. Judge Bruns ordered Brown’s sentencing to be continued until Friday, Nov. 13.
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