Marijuana defendant appears in court

Cary Ashby • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

A marijuana defendant's trial is expected to last two days if the case moves forward without a plea deal.

Thomas G. Sterling, 32, of 29 Milan Ave., is charged with one count each of illegal cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools. Each felony is in connection with a March 12 incident.

Defense attorney Ben Chapman, who doesn't expect to request the jurors view the suspected crime scene, said he planned to file a motion to suppress evidence "in the next day or so."

Sterling, who earlier posted a $25,000 bond, has a Huron County Common Pleas Court trial date of Aug. 12.

"It would be a full two days," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

Kasper told Judge Jim Conway that she and Chapman haven't been involved in any plea negotiations, but she added the state is open to a plea deal.

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