Marijuana defendant appears in court

Trial expected to last two days.
Cary Ashby
Jul 16, 2014


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.



This case is guilty of being a waste of money.


i agree. it would be cool (and legal) if the jury in these cases would just say "not guilty"..

nightroller's picture

That would be great, the jury all saying "not guilty"


if jurors would do this, we could change the law by setting legal precedent. it's one of the jury rights that they never tell the jurors..

J Cooper

This case will never see a jury, it will be won or lost on the motion to suppress hearing.