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Keith Brown sentenced to 8 years for drug crimes



A local drug dealer with a significant criminal history was sentenced Friday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor to at least four years in prison.

Keith Brown, 33, of Bellefontaine was sentenced to the mandatory four-year term for a second-degree felony count of possession of drugs, and consecutive two-year terms for two third-degree felony counts of possession of drugs.

Consecutive terms mean the defendant faces up to eight years in prison, but he will be eligible for release after four years. Additionally, he was sentenced to a three-year driver’s license suspension and three-years’ post-release control after he gets out of the institution.

Mr. Brown was also sentenced to one year in prison for violating his probation, which will run concurrent to this case.

The defendant has drug possession charges in Logan County dating back to 2003. He was only nine days removed from having been sentenced in November to community control for possession of drugs when he was arrested again for selling heroin in the Heritage Court area.

The Cadillac STS seized by police following his most recent arrest was forfeited in lieu of any fines.

“I apologize to the community and to the courts,” Mr. Brown said in court.

He has 178 days of jail time credit in this case, and was lodged Friday in the Logan County Jail pending his transport to prison.

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