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Man’s drug sentence delayed due to possible medical treatments

WARREN — A 41-year-old Garrettsville man who pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of cocaine and a fentynal-related compound in June delayed being sentenced to prison Monday afternoon when he told Judge Peter Kontos he was scheduled to go to a Cleveland hospital to be treated for a septic infection and other conditions.

Kontos gave Derrick J. Poling, 40, until Oct. 25 to provide his office with written letters of the course of treatments from his doctors.

He warned the letters cannot simply be scheduled appointments.

Kontos was in the midst of telling Poling that due to his criminal history and previous convictions he was going to send him to prison on these two drug charges. It was at that point that Poling began suggesting he needed a delay to his sentencing because of he was scheduled to be treated for a septic condition in a Cleveland area hospital.

Poling previously was scheduled to be sentenced on July 9 and then on Aug. 16. Poling did not show up at the second sentencing hearing, so a warrant was issues for his arrest. The warrant was canceled on Sept. 3, 2021.

Kontos warned Poling if the did not show up on Oct. 25, he would sentence him to the maximum sentence on each charge and would make them consecutive.

Poling, according to Trumbull County Sheriff department inmate records, had previous felony and misdemeanor drug charges in both Warren municipal and Trumbull courts.

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