Stewart sent to prison for 17 years



A man who was found guilty in October of drug charges was sentenced this week to 17 years in prison.

Logan County Common Pleas Judge William T. Goslee imposed consecutive sentences on Alexis J. Stewart, 35, for two second-degree felony charges of corrupting another with drugs and a third-degree felony charged of illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility.

A jury of 10 women and two men took about two hours to decide the defendant was guilty of the charges after a two-day trial.

They acquitted him on two fifth-degree felony counts of possession of drugs after the two-day trial in early October.

He was arrested after a Jan. 14 incident in which Martha Baker, 61, of Quincy, overdosed on drugs he gave her .

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff's Office and DeGraff Fire and squad responded that afternoon to the Valero gas station at 319 Cretcher St., DeGraff, on a report of an unconscious woman in a vehicle.

At the hospital, the woman told deputies she gave Mr. Stewart a ride from Quincy to DeGraff and while he was in the vehicle, he was snorting a white substance, which he shared with her.

After speaking with the woman, deputies went to the defendant's address and placed him under arrest.

Logan County Prosecutor’s Office also proved through the testimony of two inmates and through a recorded jail house conversation with a former Marine sent in undercover that the defendant smuggled drugs into the Logan County Jail by concealing the contraband in his rectum.

He admitted he provided the drugs to an inmate who also overdosed.

The defendant has two prior convictions for burglary in 2005 and 2006 and one for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in 2011.