Cocaine defendant with black eye pleads guilty, remains free on bond

Cary Ashby • Feb 23, 2014 at 6:07 AM

A Willard man who was the victim in a recent altercation pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing cocaine during a separate offense.

Cory D. Mathias, 26, of 842 S. Myrtle Ave., is out on bond and will be sentenced April 10. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said he was notified Mathias hadn't been drug-tested and ordered him to report to the probation office Tuesday afternoon.

As part of a plea deal, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the state agreed not to pursue a probation violation in connection with Mathias' blood-alcohol content level testing at .335 and having "cocaine metabolites" in his system when he was treated at the hospital last Saturday.

"The state was advised he was in an altercation recently. In that altercation, he took some blows and was taken to the hospital," Leffler said.

Mathias had a black eye on his left side Tuesday.

In the cocaine case, the Willard Police Department received the report of a partially clothed person laying in a tree lawn about 6 a.m. Sept. 30.

Leffler said officers responded and found Mathias in the tree lawn with a strong odor of alcohol on his person.

"Next to him were two unopened beer bottles. Officers felt he was a danger to himself and others. He was arrested for disorderly conduct," Leffler told the court.

"We believe this is a community control case," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

Community control means Mathias could be sentenced to jail as a condition of his probation. He faces six to 12 months behind bars.

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