A Ravenna man whose attorney said he grew marijuana in September 2012 because he wanted to self-medicate due to health issues he faced since his service in Vietnam has been placed on probation, ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and get counseling.
Charles R. Moyto, 66, of 344 Oakwood St., pleaded guilty to illegal cultivation of marijuana, a third-degree felony, on June 14. Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman sentenced him to five years on probation on Aug. 19.
Moyto also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine within five years and forfeit all contraband seized by the Portage County Drug Task Force during a raid on his home on Sept. 7, 2012. More than a pound of marijuana, the painkillers Percocet and Lidocaine and the anti-anxiety medication Valium, grow lights, chemicals and a digital scale were seized.
Moyto was ordered to receive counseling at the Veterans Administration clinic in Warren. Pittman suspended his driver's license for one year, with privileges for counseling and medical appointments for him and his wife.
Defense attorney Doug Kehres said Moyto, a Vietnam veteran, struggled with "issues" after his return home from the war, but managed to find work at Ford Motor Co., from which he eventually retired.
After taking prescription medication for many years, Moyto "decided he was tired of his medication and ... decided he would grow some marijuana. And here he is," Kehres said.
Moyto never intended to sell the drug, he said.
Moyto said only "No, ma'am," when asked by Pittman if he had anything to say to the court.
He and his wife, Karen B. Clark-Moyto, 66, were the subject of a seven-count joint indictment filed by a Portage County grand jury in October 2012. Most charges were dismissed after Charles Moyto pleaded guilty.
All charges against Karen Clark-Moyto were dismissed by the Portage County Prosecutor's Office on June 14, according to court records. Kehres told Pittman Karen Clark-Moyto has serious medical problems.
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