Sentence handed down on drug charges

STEUBENVILLE – A man found guilty by a Jefferson County Common Pleas Court jury last week of two counts of drug trafficking and one count of drug possession was sentenced to eight years and 11 months in prison on Tuesday by Common Pleas Judge David Henderson.

Timothy M. Fuller, 32, of Steubenville also was ordered to forfeit $2,734 in money confiscated following a search warrant of Fuller’s residence on Linden Avenue.

The county drug task force made two buys of cocaine from Fuller. A search warrant was served at his house, and 26.5 grams of cocaine were found in March.

County Assistant Prosecutor Frank Bruzzese told Henderson the amount of cocaine found was a felony of the second degree and only 0.5 grams from being a first-degree felony. Bruzzese said the prosecutor’s office was seeking a prison sentence of eight years.

Henderson sentenced Fuller to eight years on the drug possession charge, the maximum, and said the sentence is mandatory. The judge also added on 11 months for the drug trafficking.

Henderson also issued a mandatory drug fine of $3,500.

Fuller told Henderson he will appeal his conviction.

Bruzzese said Fuller has served prison time in Ohio on gun charges and in West Virginia for wanton endangerment.

Also, Donald A. Sadler, 54, of Steubenville was sentenced by Henderson to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to attempted burglary, aggravated arson, arson and aggravated menacing.

According to the county prosecutor’s office, Sadler was living with people on Christopher Avenue, Wintersville, when he was thrown out in April 2012. Sadler attempted to break into the residence and then lit a vehicle outside on fire, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Sadler was ruled incompetent to stand trial but received treatment and was found competent.

Christopher M. Paesani, 35, of 856 Virginia Ave., Follansbee, was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center by Henderson after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of heroin, one count of attempted tampering with evidence and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Paesani was stopped by City Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol in a vehicle in the area of South and South Third streets on Dec. 5 and admitted he had just purchased heroin in the south end of the city.

Sadler will be on probation for three years. He faces up to 15 months in prison if he violates probation.

Anthony Smith, 21, of Apartment 513, 180 N. Fourth St. was sentenced by Henderson to two years of probation after pleading guilty to theft of a credit card in March.