Escape, drug pleas result in 30 months

STEUBENVILLE – John T. Nation, 33, of 1190 county Road 26, Wintersville, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson after pleading guilty to escape and two counts of drug possession.

Nation on May 20 was sentenced to 10 months in prison by Henderson but Nation failed to report on June 5 to the sheriff’s department to be transported to prison. He pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, theft and possession of criminal tools in connection with the break-in of a home in the 2100 block of Sunset Boulevard.

Nation was involved in a wreck on county Road 26, Wintersville, on June 6, and the highway patrol found drugs inside the vehicle. Nation was transported to the hospital after the wreck.

Nation also was arrested on June 19 in connection with a burglary in Carroll County on June 17 in which more than a dozen firearms were taken. That case is still pending.

Henderson ordered the 30-month sentence on the escape and drug possession charges be served consecutively to the prior 10-month sentence.

A city man who couldn’t report to the Eastern Ohio Correction Center because he was arrested in West Virginia on a drug case was sentenced to nine months in prison by Henderson.

Jimmale P. Harton, 22, pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon. He was ordered by Henderson to report to the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on June 13.

Harton was arrested on June 10 in Brooke County on a drug possession charge. Harton pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine with intent to deliver and was sentenced in Brooke County to one to five years in prison.

Henderson said Harton’s sentence in Ohio will run concurrently to the sentence in West Virginia.

Also, Kevin A. Wells, 36, of 101 township Road 428, Toronto, pleaded guilty to failure to comply with the order of a police officer in connection with a chase by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on May 24.

The patrol attempted to pull Wells over on state Route 7 in Island Creek Township, but he took off. The chase went over several township and county roads at speeds of 70 mph. Wells’ car was stopped on township Road 391 when he couldn’t negotiate a curve.

Joshua W. Higby, 31, of Toronto pleaded guilty to four counts of trafficking in marijuana, one count of possession of oxycodone and a misdemeanor count of child endangering.

Higby was being investigated by Toronto Police, the county’s drug task force and the sheriff”s department, who made four buys of marijuana in May and June, according to court documents.

Higby’s apartment at 901 Bank St., Toronto, was raided on June 11 and a 6-year-old child was inside the home.

Henderson ordered presentence investigations for both Wells and Higby.