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Drug dealer says he's sorry, gets probation

Zoe Greszler • Jul 12, 2013 at 9:07 AM

A local man convicted of two counts of trafficking oxycodone expressed remorse.

Raymond L. Layne, 40, of 2208 W McPherson Hwy Apt. 5 in Clyde, expressed remorse for his fourth-degree felony for trafficking oxycodone, and said he was “ashamed.”

Layne’s attorney, David Longo, said that his client simply became desperate when his barbershop business started to fail.

“He was trying to be a law-abiding citizen when his barber shop started going under and he got desperate and he got stupid. And he knows it,” Longo told Judge James Conway.

This was not Layne’s first offense, however.

Longo said that the circumstances of the previous cases, which were committed outside of Huron County, are “different and unlikely to reoccur.”

Layne agreed.

“I am very ashamed,” he said. “But this gives me more motivation to understand that I do not fit in this lifestyle.”

Longo said his client has also made efforts to better himself and to be more stable, by finding a full-time job, which will work around his schedule as he returns to school at Terra Community College to pursue an associate’s degree.

When asked if he had anything else he wanted the court to know, Layne expressed concern about his family.

“I have a 1-year-old at home and another due in January, and I have a lot of family that I don’t want to let down,” he said.

Judge James Conway said he also “did not respond favorably” to prior sanctions imposed. However, his efforts to better himself were “in his favor.”

Layne was sentenced to three years of community control, starting Tuesday and continuing through July 9, 2016.

Layne also is required to serve 90 days in the county jail and to pay attorney fees of $250, court fees of $250 and a restitution of $80 to the Bellevue police for lab testing. Layne had his license suspended for the mandatory time of at least five months.

The defendant faced up to 18 months in prison, $5,000 in fines and a mandatory license suspension of at least five months because of his prior criminal record.

Layne was required to go to the probation office to ask for work-release privileges. His sentence would begin as soon as his work release would be accepted and last until Aug. 19, when his classes at Terra would begin. If he serves with good behavior, after he is released for the start of the new school year, some of Layne’s remaining time may be forgiven.

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