Convicted drug dealer to be resentenced after appeal

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — A Columbus man who was sentenced to 32 years in prison following drug convictions in 2016 will be resentenced after a decision by the 4th District Court of Appeals.

Meigs County Prosecutor James K. Stanley explained that Jacques Goerges K. Daboni, 27, was initially sentenced to 32 years in prison after being convicted of multiple counts of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Daboni filed an appeal claiming eight total assignments of error in the case. The ruling from the court of appeals affirmed the decision of the common please court in all but one of those assignments of error.

Stanley said the lone error the court of appeals agreed with involved the merging of one count of possession of heroin, a second-degree felony, with the trafficking in heroin charge. That error will result in a resentencing, which has not yet been set.

The sentence on the possession charge was eight years, meaning the new sentence, when it takes place, should go from 32 years to 24 years in prison, said Stanley.

Stanley contends that it is the opinion of the state that the charge should not merge as the second-degree felony possession charge dealt with a “ball of heroin” which was in the upstairs of the residence and had not yet been processed for to be sold. Additionally, there was heroin located downstairs in the residence which had been processed.

A resentencing date has not been scheduled.

By Sarah Hawley

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.