Created on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 Written by NATE SMITH
Three drug-dealing defendants were sentenced Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor.
Raymond Joseph, 36, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to four years in prison and a two-year driver’s license suspension for two counts of trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felonies; possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony; and intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony.
The defendant was sentenced to six months on each trafficking count, a year on the possession charge and two years in prison for intimidation of a witness.
Judge O’Connor ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.
The defendant has a lengthy criminal history dating back 18 years that ranges from drug trafficking to burglary and assault. He has served prison time in Louisiana and Ohio.
In this case, the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force twice used confidential informants to purchase a combined 18 units of heroin for $300.
The intimidation charge is the result of an altercation that occurred in the Logan County Jail between the defendant and the confidential informant shortly after Mr. Joseph was arrested the second time.
The informant, who had been working with the drug task force, was himself arrested for possession of drugs. The men ended up on the same jail block and Mr. Joseph assaulted the informant for having helped to set him up, prosecutors said.
In court Monday, Mr. Joseph acknowledged the fight, but said it was over another matter and he didn’t even find out his victim was working with the authorities until he was charged with intimidation.
He also apologized for his actions and said the charges don’t define him as a person.
• Isaiah Luster, 26, of Lima, was sentenced to two years in prison, an $805 forfeiture, a two-year driver’s license suspension and ordered to pay court costs for possession of crack cocaine, a second-degree felony.
• Brunetta Walker, 54, formerly of Cincinnati, was sentenced to five years’ community control and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs and attorney fees for trafficking in drugs and complicity to possession of drugs. She pleaded guilty March 19 to selling $40 worth of crack cocaine to an informant working with the drug task force, out of a residence at 416 N. Detroit St.
Prosecutors had asked for the defendant to be sentenced to a community-based correctional facility, but the judge said changes to admission policies would prevent the defendant from being accepted, despite a long history of drug addiction.
Ms. Walker said she has since moved to Cincinnati in an effort to get sober and to help her 95-year-old mother.
She said that despite a drug addiction that has lasted 30 years, she is not a bad person (and) that she kept a nice home.