Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 Written by NATE SMITH
Gas station clerk reportedly considering plea deal
A man charged with raping a woman in his place of employment likely will have his trial continued if prosecutors and defense attorneys don’t reach a plea agreement in the next week.
Gurwinder Singh, 25, of Lakeview, is set to go on trial Aug. 27 on charges of rape and kidnapping, first-degree felonies, and a fourth-degree felony charge of disrupting public services.
Before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor Monday, Mr. Singh’s attorney sought a week’s continuance of a final pre-trial hearing so that his client might consider a pending deal from prosecutors. If no deal is reached, defense attorney Marc S. Triplett said he would consider seeking a continuance of the jury trial.
Mr. Singh reportedly resided and worked at the Marathon Fueling Plaza, 12500 N. State Route 235, Lakeview. He is accused of refusing to allow a 24-year-old customer to leave the business and then sexually assaulting her the night of Feb. 26.
The victim was treated at Mary Rutan Hospital following the alleged attack. The case was investigated by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.
The defendant is due again in court Aug. 12.
Defendant granted intervention, must complete CBCF
A defendant just a month removed from his 20th birthday pleaded guilty Monday to assorted drug crimes.
Trevor Drummond of Lakeview pleaded guilty to possession and trafficking of drugs, fifth-degree felonies. The court granted intervention in lieu of conviction for the defendant, which means if he’s able to negotiate years-long community control sanctions, the felonies won’t stick to his record.
Judge O’Connor was not willing to release Mr. Drummond directly onto the intervention program, consisting of intensive out-patient programming, but first ordered the defendant to be screened for the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility.
Citing a lengthy pattern of drug addiction and abuse and a high likelihood to re-offend, Judge O’Connor said he would permit the defendant to attempt the intervention program, but not without first a stint at an in-patient facility.
In this case, Mr. Drummond sold $40 worth of heroin to a confidential informant working with local law enforcement.
When deputies from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office came to the defendant’s home a few days later to serve him a warrant for violating his probation, Mr. Drummond reportedly was very high on heroin and prescription pills. A search of his person turned up the drug and a dirty needle, court records show.
According to the terms of intervention and because he has pleaded guilty, if Mr. Drummond violates he may be returned to court and sentenced on the charges.