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Man gets prison term for dealing drugs, stealing firearm

Cary Ashby • Nov 26, 2018 at 6:10 PM

A rural New London man with a history of felony probation violations and drug usage received a prison sentence Monday for a drug offense and stealing a firearm.

Jon P. Godfrey, 30, formerly of 433 Townline Road 79, pleaded guilty to two third-degree felonies: Aggravated trafficking in drugs and grand theft of a firearm. As part of Monday’s plea deal, prosecutors dismissed four additional felonies: One count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, possessing criminal tools, operating a vehicle with a hidden compartment used to transport a controlled substance and burglary.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway then sentenced Godfrey to 18 months in prison and fined him $5,000.

Godfrey’s previous probation violations were for a local conviction of complicity to trafficking in heroin. 

In late July 2016, he admitted to a three-count probation violation and was jailed until Aug. 14. At the time Godfrey was on intensive supervision through Tiffin Municipal Court for three drug-related convictions. 

That wasn't the first time Godfrey violated his probation.

On July 23, 2015, he received a 30-day jail sentence for testing positive for opiates, being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and moving without permission. Godfrey was released from custody, but then failed to report for probation office appointments.

Six days after his release, authorities issued a failure-to-appear warrant. Godfrey’s probation officer said the defendant was arrested Sept. 18, 2015 and then tested positive at the jail for cocaine, THC, opiates and oxycodone.

In other hearings: 

• Ryan M. Enderby, 31, most recently of 27 Tilton St., Greenwich, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted retaliation. He earlier posted a $10,000 bond with a 10-percent provision. Enderby’s sentencing hearing is Jan. 30.

• Kaylee R. Carpenter Hile, 28, most recently of 725 S. Main St., Willard, pleaded guilty Nov. 20 to three counts of trafficking in heroin. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a similar felony and one charge of trafficking in a counterfeit controlled substance. Carpenter Hile was fined $500 and ordered to reimburse the Willard Police Department $300 for drug testing. During her three years of probation, she also has a 90-day jail sentence hanging over her head. Her supervisor has the discretion of imposing part or all of the time without a hearing.

• David E. Minor, 48, most recently of 32 Glover Ave., pleaded guilty Nov. 20 to failure to register his change of employment. He will be sentenced Jan. 17.

• Robert D. Mitchell, 35, of Mansfield, pleaded guilty Nov. 20 to failure to appear and was sentenced to one year in prison.

• Juliana M. Schvarcz, 28, most recently of 4105 Milliman Road, pleaded guilty Nov. 20 to eight counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed 14 similar, second-degree felonies and 22 counts of illegal processing of drug documents. Schvarcz, who remains out on a $25,000 bond, will be sentenced Jan. 17.

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