STEUBENVILLE - Montyel Barnes, 31, of 1525 Oregon Ave. was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after pleading guilty in four criminal cases.
Barnes pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in cocaine, one count each of trafficking in crack cocaine and marijuana, resisting arrest and escape for not reporting to his parole officer.
Henderson told Barnes two of the five years in prison are mandatory.
The sentence for Brandon T. Garrison, 24, of 310 S. Fifth St. was reduced to 16 months in prison from 18 months in prison by Henderson on Tuesday after it was determined Garrison didn't have a disability from being in possession of a firearm.
Garrison was sentenced by Henderson to 19 months in prison on Sept. 11 after Garrison pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and having a gun as a convicted felon.
Garrison pleaded guilty in 2010 to carrying a concealed weapon and was sentenced to six months in prison. He then was give a lifetime weapons disability, but the carrying a concealed firearm isn't considered a crime of violence under state law. Defendants convicted of felony crimes of violence are automatically given a firearm disability.
Garrison was sentenced Tuesday by Henderson to 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to another count of carrying a concealed weapon.
Garrison was walking with a group of men in the middle of Carnegie Avenue, between Euclid and Ridge avenues, on April 30. The officer said he was going to write citations to the men for failure to use a sidewalk.
A county sheriff's deputy saw a handgun on one of the men. That man was arrested. Garrison tried to take off running but was caught and had a firearm in his possession, police reported.
Joshua W. Higby, 31, of Toronto was sentenced to 20 days in the county jail after pleading guilty to four counts of trafficking in marijuana, one count of possession of oxycodone and a misdemeanor count of child endangering.
Higby was being investigated by Toronto Police, the county's drug task force and the sheriff''s department, who made four buys of marijuana in May and June, according to court documents.
Higby's apartment at 901 Bank St., Toronto, was raided on June 11 and a 6-year-old child was inside the home.
Henderson issued a $500 fine against Higby.
Higby will be on probation for one year. He faces up to 14 months in prison if he violates probation.
Dyani A. Gregory, 28, of 1302 Orchard St. was placed on probation for one year by Henderson after Gregory pleaded guilty to trafficking in marijuana.
Gregory was arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol after a Jan. 27 traffic stop on Washington Street. Gregory was in possession of 20 grams of marijuana in separate bags.
Henderson told Gregory he faces up to nine months in prison if he violates probation. The judge also ordered $521 found on Gregory at the time of the arrest be split among the highway patrol and the county's drug task force, with $150 taken out as a fine.
Ralph Wilson, 33, of 221 Summit Ave., Mingo Junction, was allowed by Henderson to enter drug court after pleading guilty to two counts each of breaking and entering and theft.
Wilson was charged with breaking into a garage in the 200 block of Summit Avenue, Mingo Junction in July and the St. Andrew's Orthodox Church garage in May.
The charges against Wilson will be dismissed if he completes drug court. He will come back for sentencing if he doesn't complete the program.