LISBON — A Stark County man with prior convictions was sentenced to prison on drug charges this week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Khalis J. Collins, 24, of Canton, was sentenced by Judge Scott Washam to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to being in possesion of the drug buprehorphine on Aug. 8, 2019. The sentence was ordered served concurrently with prison sentences from drug offenses in 2016 and 2018.

In other court action, William D. Barrett Jr., 39, Laura Avenue, East Liverpool, is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 20 after pleading guilty as charged to helpling someone engage in breaking and entering. Barrett stood by while William Jacquet broke into coin-operated vending machines on Oct. 31, 2019.

Anthony J. Salem Jr., 34, Fairfield School Road, Columbiana, was sentenced by Judge Megan Bickerton to three years’ probation after pleading guilty to heroin possession and possessing a fentanyl-related compound. The crimes occurred last September.

A secret indictment was served on Jonathan P. Cunning, 29, of Youngstown, who is charged with three counts of aggravated possession of the following drugs– meth, a fentanyl-related compound and heroin. The alleged crimes occurred in October 2019.

John Peter Elia, 58, West Bloomfield, Mich., pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to both trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana. The charges are third-degree felonies due to the amount of marijuana he had at least 5,000 grams, but less than 20,000 grams. Sentencing is set for Dec. 14, when he faces up to six years in prison, a five-year license suspension and a $20,000 fine.

Assistant County Prosecutor Alec Beech said he will ask for a nine-month prison term and a year license suspension. According to Beech, a K-9 alerted that there were drugs in the vehicle, which were discovered in a hidden compartment in the van he was operating.

Christopher A. Hightower, 38, Ohio Avenue, East Liverpool, was sentenced to nine months in prison for possession of cocaine and two counts of possession of drugs for having cocaine, alprazolam and clonazepam on Feb. 6, 2019. He was credited with 39 days already served.

Charles A. Marshall Jr. 34, St. George Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property for having a Taurus 9-millimeter pistol belonging to Dimitri White on Aug. 8, 2019. He was sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended, and placed on two years community control with a $1,000 fine. Marshall had initially been charged with a fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property.


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