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Man gets six months for selling marijuana



Published: Wed, June 29, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- Michael Yount of Lealand Avenue is on his way to prison for six months for selling marijuana.

Yount, 29, told Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court he "made a big mistake" in selling the drug, and that his arrest has brought embarrassment to his family and friends.

"I can't tell you why I did it. I really don't know," Yount said at his sentencing Tuesday.

Yount pleaded guilty in April to three counts of drug trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

Patrick R. Pochiro, assistant county prosecutor, said Yount sold small quantities of the drug over a two-month period last year. Authorities arrested Yount last September. He spent one day in county jail before making bond.

Defense lawyer Thomas Zena asked the judge to consider putting Yount on probation. He said his client had no prior criminal record and is employed. He admitted Yount used marijuana, but has been clean for a period of time.

Recommended probation

The Ohio Adult Parole Authority also recommended to the court that Yount receive probation.

Judge Krichbaum, however, said he doesn't grant probation to drug dealers, even those with no prior record, because their actions contribute to other crimes committed by people hooked on drugs.

He sentenced Yount to six months on each of the three trafficking charges and ruled the time would be served concurrently.

He also suspended Yount's driver's license for six months on each of the drug counts.




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