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Plea deal falls through after court denies bond

A plea deal between prosecutors and defense to imprison a noted local drug dealer fell through Monday after Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor refused to let the offender out of jail pending his sentence.

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According to the proposed terms of the agreement, Keith L. Brown, 33, of Bellefontaine, would have pleaded to three charges of possession of drugs. Prosecutors and defense intended to jointly recommend an eight-year prison sentence, four of which would have been mandatory.

Other provisions of the deal were that any prison time for the defendant’s numerous probation violations would run concurrent to the prison sentence, he would forfeit a 2002 Cadillac STS in lieu of any fines and he would be released from jail pending his sentence.

It was the last provision the court found unpalatable.

“I’m not going to go along with the (recognizance) bond pending sentencing,” the judge said. “Every time we let the defendant out he commits a new felony.

“If that’s a deal breaker, so be it.”

Clearly taken aback, defense counsel Thomas Seeley confirmed that was in fact a deal breaker.

Mr. Brown is set to go on trial June 6 and 7 on a 10-count indictment that charges a first-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity; three second-degree felony counts of trafficking in drugs; three second-degree felony counts of possession of drugs; two third-degree felony counts of tampering with evidence; and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of criminal tools.     

Defendant pleads guilty to high-speed chase

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Shawn Conley, 28, of DeGraff, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

The charge comes from an Oct. 14 incident in which the defendant led law enforcement on an 11-mile high speed chase through the southwest part of Logan County.

Officers of the West Liberty Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop along U.S. Route 68 in West Liberty. The defendant was clocked at 64 in a 55 mph zone, with a missing headlight about 2 a.m. Mr. Conley did not stop, and instead tried to outpace officers, reaching speeds in excess of 120 mph. He also ran at least three stop signs including at the intersection of county roads 30 and 18 and at Township Road 202 and State Route 508.

The defendant took issue with a couple of facts alleged by prosecutors that he at one point turned his lights off during the chase, and that he told police he didn’t stop because he was, “stressed out.”

“The gist of it is that the officer turned on his overhead lights and you didn’t stop for the next 11 miles, is that right?” Judge O’Connor asked.

The defendant confirmed that basic set of facts. He will be sentenced June 24.

Pleading guilty were:

• Lewis E. Snyder, 41, of Belle Center: illegal use of food stamp benefits and possession of drugs, fifth-degree felonies;

• Cole Bader, 24, of Urbana: illegal use of food stamp benefits, a fifth-degree felony;

• Lindsay Collingsworth, 21, of Lakeview: complicity to commit burglary, a third-degree felony, and failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony; and

• Patrick Flood, 27, of Dayton: non-support of dependents, a fifth-degree felony;

They will be sentenced June 24.

Sentenced were:

• Shawn Lile, 43, of Bellefontaine: three years’ community control and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs and attorney fees for complicity to commit burglary;

• Cara Stolly, 49, of Bellefontaine: five years’ community control, and ordered to pay restitution and court costs for theft; and

• Anthony Johnson, 28, of Bellefontaine: 30 days in Logan County Jail, three years’ community control and ordered to pay court costs for two counts of non-support of dependents.

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