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UPDATE: Crack dealer sentenced to prison

A Columbus man was sentenced to prison Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor for dealing crack cocaine from a city residence.



Leonard Radford, 34, was sentenced to eight months in prison and was given a one-year driver’s license suspension for possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Defense counsel had asked for community control — or house arrest, at least. A second Columbus-area defendant involved in the case, Brooks Radford, eventually pleaded to having a weapon under disability, and he and Brunetta Walker, the woman living in the residence during the drug deals, each received community control.

But the 9.5 grams of cocaine recovered by Logan County Joint Drug Task Force during a search of the residence belonged to Mr. Radford. The defendant said he obtained the cocaine locally and sold it out of what was then Ms. Walker’s place of residence.

Mr. Radford is on post-release control from a prior felony conviction. Judge O’Connor determined his court had jurisdiction to send the defendant to prison based on violating his parole and said he was being lenient for not doing so.  

The defendant suffers from several health-related issues. His size alone, jail records list him at 6-feet, 10-inches, and 600 pounds, has caused several heart-related conditions and the state or county shouldn’t be burdened with the expense of having to care for him, his attorney said.

Attempted burglar gets 4 years



A second defendant was sentenced to prison for a second-degree felony charge of burglary.

Matthew Cheadle, 32, at large, was sentenced to four years in prison and three years’ post release control. He was one of two men that attempted to burglarize a County Road 1 residence Jan. 8. The homeowner interrupted the burglary and ended up holding the men up at gunpoint until law enforcement could arrest them.

Mr. Cheadle’s co-defendant, Jason Overholt, was sentenced to three years in prison. Mr. Cheadle has a prior felony, a breaking-and-entering conviction in 2005.

The defendant tearfully apologized to the victim, and to his family and friends, a dozen or so of whom were in court Monday.

Felonious assault lands woman at West Central

Brown Morgan


Obtaining a GED and in-patient drug and alcohol counseling are among the conditions for a defendant who was sentenced on a second-degree felony.

Morgan Brown, 23, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years’ community control and was ordered to pay $200 restitution, court costs and attorney fees for felonious assault.

The defendant beat her victim so badly during an assault at Moore’s Cafe the woman had to receive 60 stitches above her right eye at a Columbus hospital. Ms. Brown approached her victim and started the fight, video shows.

Despite no prior felonies, the defendant has a prior history of “assaultive behavior,” prosecutors said.

“You’re lucky this isn’t a murder charge,” Judge O’Connor said. “You’re lucky you didn’t kill someone.”

Man pleads to OVI, fleeing


Ryan Rose, 31, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemeanors related to a Feb. 24 high-speed chase through the city.

He pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and fleeing and eluding, both first-degree misdemeanors.

The defendant was observed leaving a municipal parking lot at a high rate of speed and later running a red light. Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Mr. Rose fled.

He traveled east on Chillicothe Avenue, running a red light at Madriver Street and stop signs at Park Street and the five-point intersection with Eastern Avenue and Ludlow Road.

Officers reported traveling as fast as 70 mph to catch up with him. He came to a stop after driving over a curb and onto the sidewalk.

He will be sentenced Aug. 26.

In other court proceedings:

• Michael Beck, 36, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to 60 days in Logan County Jail, five years’ community control and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs, restitution and attorney fees for burglary.

• Angela Robinson, 42, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty and was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program for theft.

• Dale Evans, 29, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to burglary. A presentence investigation was ordered and he will be sentenced Aug. 26.

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