Defendant pleads guilty to possession of cocaine

Johnson mug


A defendant charged with possession of drugs and violating his community control is out of jail as he awaits sentencing following a plea of guilty Monday in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

Jorrell Johnson, 32, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

The defendant was released from the Logan County Jail pending a March 3 sentencing hearing, when he also will be sentenced for violating community control — a 2010 case charging non-support of dependents.  

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department observed the defendant in the area around Moore’s Cafe, 111 S. Detroit St. on June 2, and attempted to arrest him for an outstanding warrant from Champaign County.

According to police reports, the defendant entered the bar and eventually took off out the back door, attempting to evade police. One officer deployed a Taser on the run, and after two shots, successfully detained the suspect.

Upon checking the suspect, officers learned he was uninjured and they reportedly recovered marijuana in one of his pants pockets.

Later, a small plastic bag with powder cocaine was found in a baseball hat he was wearing.  

The defendant has 84 days of jail-time credit. He must cooperate with a presentence investigation and abide by a 7 p.m. curfew as terms of his release from jail until sentencing.

Man pleads to beating girlfriend

A defendant with three felony convictions in at least three different counties pleaded guilty Monday.

Tim Butler, 43, of Russells Point, pleaded guilty to domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony.

Officers of the Russells Point Police Department responded Sept. 15 to a residence at 718 Grand Ave. and discovered the defendant had come home intoxicated late that evening and was yelling and harassing his live-in girlfriend.

Officers photographed swelling and redness on and around the victim’s arm and face where he had struck her.

The defendant has a prior domestic violence conviction that dates to 2011 in Bellefontaine Municipal Court. He also told the court Monday he’s accrued felony convictions for breaking and entering in at least three different counties and has previously been to prison.

He will be sentenced March 3 following a presentence investigation.

Defendant admits break-in



Derrick Triplett, 22, of DeGraff, pleaded guilty Monday to complicity to breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, and theft, a fourth-degree felony.

Those charges come as a result of a May 24 break-in at 307 N. Main St., DeGraff. A resident reported several power tools, a step ladder, speaker, golf clubs and other valuable items totaling approximately $7,500 had been stolen, according to Logan County Prosecutors.

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office following up on the case were eventually referred to the defendant’s residence by his brother, who claimed several of the stolen items could be found there.

A search of the defendant’s residence at 210 N. Koke St. turned up several of the stolen power tools and a sander and drill.

He will be sentenced March 3 following a presentence investigation.