Warren man gets short prison term
WARREN — A Warren man on Tuesday refused a chance at probation and instead opted for a six-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to a fifth-degree possession of cocaine charge.
Defense attorney Daniel Keating said his client, Deshawn Pruitt, 47, of Lener Avenue SW, wanted to go to prison rather than deal with a five-year community control.
Pruitt’s case involved an Oct. 3, 2020, arrest after a Warren police traffic stop found him in possession of a small amount of cocaine.
In other drug cases heard before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan on Tuesday:
l Ryan Groover, 29, of Bell Wick Road, Hubbard, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree possession of cocaine charge. Groover will enter Logan’s drug court program, where he must stay drug-free for about a year so the charges could be expunged. The case evolved from a Feb. 28 traffic accident in Liberty Township where a search of the vehicle involved netted 0.6 grams of cocaine.
l Glynda Morgan, 57, of Beal Street NE, Warren, was sent by Logan to a six-month term at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program, a drug rehab program, after she admitted to violating probation for a July 2020 conviction on an aggravated possession of drugs charge. The probation officer told the judge she has failed to report to him since pleading guilty to the charge and she also failed to obtain a drug and alcohol assessment. She also tested positive twice for fentanyl, he said. The case stems from Morgan’s January 2019 arrest after drugs were found by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.