POMEROY — Mark Russell was in court Friday for re-sentencing after failing to appear on July 15 as ordered by the court.
Russell was arrested Jan. 21 in Letart Falls as a result of an investigation by Sgt. Robert A. Smith of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and had entered into a plea agreement with Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams.
At the time of his sentencing July 8, Russell received permission to visit his grandfather before he began serving his sentence of six years for the manufacture of methamphetamine and one year for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was advised by the court that failure to appear as ordered would result in re-sentencing.
Russell turned himself over to sheriff’s deputies July 17, at which time he tested positive for methamphetamine, opiates, marijuana and “oxy,” according to court documents. He also failed to visit his grandfather as agreed.
The re-sentencing resulted in additional time in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for Russell, who was sentenced to eight years for the manufacture of methamphetamine and one year for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The sentences are to be served consecutively.
The defendant was ordered to pay all costs of prosecution. His driver’s license is suspended for five years and he received a lifetime firearms disability. Credit will be given for time served and post-release control is mandatory for a period of three years unless reduced by the Ohio Adult Parole Board.
Lorna Hart can be reached at 740-9925-2155 EXT. 2551