A former Streetsboro man has been sentenced to three years probation for selling heroin and marijuana in the city and elsewhere in Portage County three times last year.
William E. Robinson, 21, now of Oakwood in Cuyahoga County, also was ordered by Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow to get random drug tests and treatment if necessary, get a GED and a full-time job. Enlow also suspended his driver's license for six months with privileges for work, probation and treatment appointments only.
Robinson pleaded guilty to one count each of trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony, trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana, both fifth-degree felonies, in three separate cases in October and November 2012. He possessed between 200 and 1,000 grams of marijuana with the intent to sell it in Streetsboro on April 7, 2012; less than 200 grams of marijuana with the intent to sell it on July 11, 2012,, and also possessed 8.44 grams of heroin and less than 100 grams of marijuana with the intent to sell it in Streetsboro on Sept. 28, 2012, according to his indictments.
Enlow also ordered Robinson, formerly of the 10000 block of Delores Drive in Streetsboro, to pay $40 restitution to the Portage County Drug Task Force.
John Leach, Robinson's attorney in two of the cases, reminded Enlow that Robinson's crimes were not violent ones. He "didn't have a weapon and didn't harm anyone," Leach said.
Robinson has two children and is living with his pregnant girlfriend, Leach said. He needs to work to support his children and "wants to continue to do that," he said.
Attorney Mike Giulitto, Robinson's attorney in a third case, also said Robinson had never been arrested or convicted of felony charges in the past.
Robinson said the 52 days he spent in jail awaiting trial gave him "a lot of time to think on what I did wrong." He said had never been in jail before and had time to "reflect on who I hurt, not only myself but my kids and my family."
"I made a bunch of mistakes," he told Enlow, apologizing for taking up the court's time and adding that he plans to stay out of trouble and abide by the rules of his probation.
Robinson initially had been granted drug treatment in lieu of a felony conviction, which would have seen his convictions erased if he completed court-ordered drug treatment, but Enlow revoked that ruling in October after Robinson was charged with additional crimes.
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