Defendant pleads guilty, imprisoned for illegal possession of a gun, drugs



A defendant pleaded guilty Tuesday in Logan County Common Pleas Court and was imprisoned for illegal possession of a firearm and heroin — charges that stemmed in part from a heated domestic dispute with a live-in girlfriend.

Akhir Burhan, 38, at large, pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Judge Mark S. O’Connor to 30 months in prison for two third-degree felony counts of having weapons under disability and possession of drugs.

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department began looking for the defendant late Dec. 23 following a confrontation with his then-girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time, at an apartment at 500 Gunntown Road.

According to police reports from that domestic dispute, the defendant started an argument with her, threatening to kill the woman and grabbing her by the arm.

When she contacted police, the victim told officers the defendant left the apartment complex and may have headed over to Heritage Court Apartments. Police located him at a residence there.

He reportedly was found in bed with a 17-year-old female, herself subject to juvenile probation.

Officers arrested the defendant without incident, and located a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun the defendant had attempted to conceal between the bed and wall, along with a backpack containing more than five grams of heroin, according to Logan County prosecutors.

The gun had ammunition in the magazine, but none in the chamber, prosecutors report.

A 2006 felony drug conviction in Cuyahoga County prohibits the defendant from carrying a firearm.

 The judge ordered $1,240 that was found with the heroin to be forfeited after the defendant admitted Tuesday it was drug money. A six-month suspension of the defendant’s driver’s license was ordered.

The defendant has already pleaded guilty and served a local jail term for a misdemeanor-level domestic violence charge, resulting from the dispute with his former girlfriend.

Mr. Burhan told the court prior to his sentence that he has five children and looks forward to getting out of prison so that he may be reunited with them.

Teenager referred to West Central



A teenager with a substantial juvenile record was sentenced to the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, but first may face years-long prison terms in at least two other counties.

Keenan Davidson, 18, formerly of Xenia, was also sentenced to five years’ community control and ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees for two counts of complicity to grand theft, fourth-degree felonies, and theft, a fifth-degree felony.

He is currently lodged in the Clinton County Jail on similar charges, according to prosecutors. The defendant has been indicted on other felony charges in Warren County, and also is wanted on charges out of Troy Municipal Court.

The defendant met several of his co-conspirators in these various cases during a stint at the Miami Valley Rehabilitation Center during his juvenile probation, his attorney said.

The incident that gave rise to a 17-count indictment locally occurred late June 25 and into June 26. The crime spree began in Bellefontaine, continued into DeGraff and concluded in Xenia.

Along the way, the defendant and two other suspects stole two cars and broke into about a dozen other vehicles, taking numerous items including credit cards and at least one firearm.

A presentence investigation cited a lack of remorse from the defendant. The judge asked the teenager if he had anything to say for himself.

“Just young and dumb,” he said.

The judge ordered the defendant to be returned to Clinton County Jail.

“We’re referring you to West Central today, but that’s if the other counties don’t send you to prison,” Judge O’Connor said.