Drug dealer says he's sorry, gets probation

Failing barbershop business cited for man getting "stupid."
Zoe Greszler
Jul 12, 2013

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.

Comments

mikeylikesit

big surprise...

swiss family

failing barber shop business???? does he cut his own hair????? that might explain something????

mikeylikesit

yeah geez! I didn't pay attention to the pic before but that explains the business failure..

mikeylikesit

dammit! now I laugh just scrolling past that pic!

didhejustsaythat76

he expressed remorse huh ? thats why he is right back to the same ole game ! when are the judges gonna realize these are professional liars and will say anything to get outta the charges ...this guy lost his business and it failed cause instead of paying his bills to maintain his business he was to busy selling poison in our streets ,to our neighbors and to our kids ! its crap that our police in town waste time bringing in these scumbags and your "legislation" doesnt allow for harsher punishments ! and we wonder why they bounce in and outta courts like its a game ! our system is failing us and wasting our police officers time ! this dude is still wrapped up in the same game doing the same stuff while he smiles as he walks from your courtroom ,now he works at bellevue wendys restaurant with his much younger knocked up girlfriend who he himself could of fathered ! just the guy you want cooking your food !your laws ENABLE these guys to do what they do it is your courts and your legislation that does not allow them to change ...wake up and do your job ! or keep being compassionate and watching innocent people suffer for your negligence ! ill keep the town posted as to what this guy is really doing cause i watch him everyday ! loser scumbag