Man gets 4 to 6 years for drug conviction

WARREN — A Grove City, Pa., man was sentenced to a prison term of four to six years after being convicted Thursday of a charge linked to state highway patrol troopers finding a large amount of crack cocaine during an August 2020 traffic stop along Interstate 80 in Hubbard Township.

Kody A. McClung, 23, of Conneaut Lake Road, pleaded guilty before Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald J. Rice to a first-degree possession of crack / cocaine charge. The plea hearing follows defense attorney Desirae Dipiero withdrawing a motion to suppress evidence in the case. The plea offsets a scheduled jury trial Oct. 25 in Rice’s court.

Prosecutors stated during the Aug. 22, 2020, traffic stop, troopers found in excess of 27 grams of the drug in McClung’s car.

Dipiero said her client had one prior felony in which he served probation.

“I plan on changing my life,” McClung told Rice before sentencing.

Three other defendants pleaded guilty Thursday in drug cases:

• Jonathan R. Rosier, 35, of North Park Avenue, was convicted of third-degree aggravated possession of drugs and illegal conveyance of drugs into the Trumbull County jail. Prosecutors said sheriff’s detectives discovered 4.5 grams of methamphetamine had been smuggled into the jail. Rosier’s case was forwarded to drug court, where Rosier has a chance to have the drug conviction expunged from his record.

• Eric T. DeFabrizio, 24, of Venice Heights Drive NE, Warren, was convicted of a fifth-degree possession of fentanyl-related compound offense. He will undergo a background investigation by Trumbull County Adult Probation prior to sentencing. The case involved Sept. 14, 2020, investigation by Warren police. DeFabrizio was released from jail after he told Rice he was going to in-patient drug treatment.

• Samantha Swartz, 23, of Maple Drive, Greenville, Pa., was convicted on a reduced charge of attempted possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor. Swartz, whose bond was reinstated by Rice, will be sentenced after she undergoes a background investigation by the probation department. The case involves Brookfield police finding four pills that later tested positive for methadone during an Dec. 7, 2020, traffic stop, prosecutors said.


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