A Hillsboro man has received his second prison sentence in a week’s time after pleading guilty in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
Robert Wayne Sions, 58, of the Rocky Fork Lake area, pled guilty this week to fifth-degree felony trafficking in heroin and was sentenced to 11 months prison. This is on top of the six years he was sentenced to a week ago.
According to court records, two vehicles, both Chevrolet Cavaliers, and more than $14,000 has been forfeited by the defendant as part of the plea agreement.
Also part of the plea agreement was the dismissal of second-degree felony trafficking in and possession of heroin charges, as well as two other fifth-degree felony possession charges.
The Times-Gazette previously reported that Sions was set to face a jury last Tuesday, but just before the trial he pled guilty to the charges levied in an August indictment, which were second-degree felony heroin trafficking and possession and fourth- and fifth-degree felony cocaine possession charges.
In Sions’ two cases, motions to suppress evidence have been heard by the court in recent weeks on each case, and pertained to the validity of traffic stops that led to the discovery of drugs, as well as to the validity of subsequent search warrants for Sions’ residence and a vehicle owned by the defendant.
Both motions were ultimately overruled by judge Rocky Coss.
As previously reported by The Times-Gazette, on two separate occasions in May and July, Sions was arrested by the Highland County Sheriff’s Office following traffic stops that led to the discovery of suspected drugs.
Those traffic stops ultimately resulted in Sions being indicted in August and again in September.
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