Man sentenced for drug sales

A man with ties to Marietta and a lengthy history of crimes and jail stays in other counties was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to four months in the Washington County Jail.

Brandon Weimer, 25, was reportedly staying at 423 Phillips St. in September 2012 when he twice sold drugs to agents from the Major Crimes Task Force, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

“He’s really not got much of a connection to Washington County, but he’s got friends down here and was selling drugs with them,” he said.

On Sept. 14 Weimer sold two Percocet pills and four days later he sold 21 unit doses of heroin, resulting in two fourth-degree felony charges of drug trafficking.

Weimer pleaded guilty as charged Nov. 12, more than a year after the crime took place.

“He was indicted in March, but we chased him around. For a long while, he was in jail in Fairfield County,” said Schneider.

Weimer had been convicted in Lancaster of burglary and sentenced to nine years in prison. But the entirety of the prison term was suspended, and Weimer was put on probation, said Schneider.

Weimer violated the probation with a theft of drugs charge in Vinton County, and returned to Fairfield County for jail. However, he was never sentenced to prison, said Schneider.

“Because he had never been to prison, we couldn’t send him either,” he said, referencing an Ohio law that prohibits a prison sentence for fourth-degree felonies unless the defendant meets certain conditions, such as previously being sentenced to prison.

Instead Weimer was sentenced to 120 days in the Washington County Jail before being transferred to the SEPTA Correctional Facility for drug treatment.

“The sheriff will transport you to SEPTA on May 27 after you’ve completed the 120-day sentence,” Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth explained to Weimer.

The 120-day jail sentence was on the first count against Weimer, said Burnworth. On the second count, he sentenced Weimer to five years of community control.

“The second count is just community control, meaning potential jail time sentenced for that is still hanging over your head,” he said.

Violating community control would mean Weimer could be sent to prison for a maximum of three years.

Weimer was also ordered to pay $360-the cost of the drug buys-to the Major Crimes Task Force and ordered to participate in counseling after his jail time and SETPA stay.