GALLIPOLIS — A prison sentence was handed down against a Columbus man this week in Gallia County Common Pleas Court after he committed two additional felonies while on probation through a 2012 drug-related case.
Raymone J. Jackson, 32, of Columbus, formerly of Westerville, Ohio, was sentenced Tuesday to two years and 10 months in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after he pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession and one count of drug trafficking in two separate cases.
Jackson, who was previously convicted of receiving stolen property through the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in a 2004 case, was initially charged in Gallia County after he was arrested by Gallipolis Police officers on May 8, 2012, at the Super 8 Motel, located near the U.S. 35 overpass on Ohio 7 North in Gallipolis.
According to reports, Jackson’s arrest followed an investigation by the police department into the possible illegal selling of drugs at the motel. A search warrant was obtained by officers and a search of the defendant’s room at the motel revealed 48 individually wrapped packages of cocaine, as well as more than $3,000 in cash.
Jackson was later indicted and charged with possessing and trafficking in 24.5 grams of crack cocaine, both felonies of the second degree, following the drug raid.
After negotiating a plea agreement in this case, with his retained counsel Jeff Finley, Jackson’s plea hearing was later continued in the common pleas court from December 2012 to March 2013, for family and medical reasons.
During his plea hearing on March 6, 2013, he pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony charge of possession, and, during his subsequent sentencing hearing on April 5, was sentenced to a total of 60 months of probation and was ordered to forfeit $3,859 to the Gallipolis Police Department as proceeds of drug trafficking in this case.
A warrant was later issued for Jackson’s arrest, as it was believed that the defendant had absconded supervision, and probation violations were filed following his arrest this past March — violations that alleged the defendant had been associating with known felons, and was in the possession of marijuana on March 11, among other violations.
In addition to these violations, Jackson, while on probation through his older case, was indicted on new charges after he sold or attempted to sell 0.21 grams of cocaine, in the vicinity of juvenile, and was in the possession of the drug on Dec. 27, 2013.
His indictment was filed on March 6, 2014, and he was arrested on a warrant on indictment on March 11, and appeared for an arraignment hearing two days later.
Bond was posted for Jackson’s release from the Gallia County Jail on March 17.
After failing to appear for a plea and sentencing hearing in this case and a final hearing in his 2012 case on Monday, Jackson was arrested and appeared before Common Pleas Judge D. Dean Evans on Tuesday.
His 60-month community control sentence was revoked in his first case and he was sentenced to serve 17 months in prison. He was given credit for 19 days served.
In his newest case, Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony, and was sentenced to 17 months in prison — a sentence to be served consecutively with his first case for a total of 34 months.
He was ordered to pay the costs of prosecution and will be subject to a period of three years of post-release control following his release from prison.