"You're never too old to make a fool of yourself."
That's the quote Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler used Thursday to talk about a 64-year-old Bellevue man convicted of selling hydrocodone. Jake Marsillett, of 975 Monroe St., Apt. 132, pleaded guilty to the single count June 25 in exchange for the state agreeing to dismiss two counts of trafficking in drugs.
"The excuse he gave was he needed to buy things for his 21-year-old daughter," Leffler told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
However, Leffler said there's no excuse for selling drugs in the community.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo described Marsillett as a "working man" who has led a law-abiding life.
The public defender said the drug transactions might not have happened if the confidential informant hadn't approached him first. Leffler quickly disagreed, saying a deputy's report indicates Marsillett "sold many pills" in the past, but he couldn't remember details of the transactions.
"He's quite embittered about the whole thing," Longo told the judge.
Marsillett was fined $500 as part of his three years of probation.
He must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $120 to cover the cost of drug testing. Also, his driver's license was suspended for six months, but Conway ruled Marsillett can drive to medical appointments, probation office visits and the Bellevue IGA.
The judge sentenced Marsillett to a 60-day jail sentence, which can be imposed or asked to be waived at the discretion of his probation officer. If he violates the terms of his probation, he faces one year in prison.