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Ironton man gets 13 years in prison

An Ironton man found guilty by a jury of selling oxycodone claims he was denied a speedy trial at his sentencing hearing Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Darryl Taylor, 40, of 925 S. Tenth St., was sentenced to 13 years in prison and more than $22,000 in fines by Judge Charles Cooper.

“I’ve taken the time to read a few things and I don’t think I was given a fair, impartial and speedy trial,” Taylor said, noting it took more than 300 days for his case to go to trial.

In Ohio, trials must be held within 270 days of a defendant being arrested, unless a speedy trial waiver is signed. Any days that defendant spends in jail count as three days each, meaning a person could have to go to trial in as soon as 90 days after being arrested.

Taylor also requested an appeal.

During a two-day trial last week, Taylor was found guilty of a count of second-degree trafficking in drugs in the presence of juveniles and three counts of third-degree trafficking in drugs.

The jury also found that $2,017 in cash and a cell phone that was confiscated from Taylor at the time of his arrest must be forfeited to the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force.

The jury, however, did not find that Taylor had a firearm in his possession while selling the drugs.

Assistant prosecuting attorney Mike Gleichauf requested the firearms be forfeited to the task force because Taylor would be a convicted felon and therefor not allowed to possess firearms.

Cooper ordered the firearms be forfeited to the state unless Taylor made arrangements to have the weapons retrieved by someone else in the next 60 days.

In other cases:

• William James Jr., 45, of 412 Mill St., Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of third-degree domestic violence, to which he pleaded not guilty. He also denied community control sanctions violations.

Cooper set bond at $40,000 cash, surety or property and $25,000 own-recognizance. James is also not allowed contact with the victims in the case. A pretrial was set for June 3.

• Robert Eldred, 29, of 6634 Cambridge Ave., was found not guilty by reason of insanity to a first-degree count of aggravated burglary. Cooper ordered the man undergo an evaluation at Summit Behavioral Health Care to determine a course of treatment.

• William Robinson Jr., 28, of 253 Township Road 102, Ironton, was sentenced to 11 months in prison for a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering, to which he previously pleaded guilty.

• Craig Smith, 45, of 123 Township Road 1057, Proctorville, was sentenced to eight months in prison for a fourth-degree count of assault of a peace officer, to which he previously pleaded guilty.

Retired Judge Richard Walton, filing in for Judge D. Scott Bowling, also ordered the man to pay $887 in restitution to the Proctorville Police Department.

• David Abbott, 51, of 5933 County Road 1, South Point, was sentenced to one year in prison for one fifth-degree count of trafficking in crack cocaine and four fifth-degree counts of trafficking in marijuana, to which he previously pleaded guilty.

Walton also ordered the man to pay $7,500 in fines and suspended his driver’s license for one year.

• Charles Brown, 28, of 94 Township Road 181, Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree possession of drugs, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Walton set bond at $10,000 cash or surety and $10,000 OR. A pretrial was set for June 3.

• Mark Daniels, 46, of 2202 County Road 55, Ironton, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to the STAR relapse program and his probation and extended a year.

• Randall Scott Jenkins, 23, of 8881 State Route 243, Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree theft and misuse of a credit card, to which he pleaded guilty.

Walton ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for May 20.