Friends Roastery co-owner pleads guilty to drug possession

LISBON – Peter Lynch, the co-owner of Friends Roastery in Salem, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to possession of drugs for nearly five pounds of marijuana found in his home last fall.

Lynch, 53, Summit Street, Salem, appeared in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court agreeing to plead guilty, but noting his concerns about the lifetime weapons disability, which accompanies a guilty plea to a third-degree felony drug offense.

Lynch told Judge Scott Washam he believes it is his right to bear arms as a U.S. citizen and added although he had not used his handgun in many years, he hoped he would be able to own a gun again someday, mostly because of the “nature of our world.”

When the Columbiana County Drug Task Force raided the home of Lynch and his wife, Patricia Tinkler, on Oct. 1, 2013, about five pounds of marijuana was reportedly found along with a semi-automatic gun.

Tinkler’s case for the same charge remains pending and she has reportedly asked for consideration for possible intervention in lieu of conviction.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said she will recommend a nine-month term in prison for Lynch, a six-month license suspension and a $5,000 fine. He could face up to three years in prison, a $10,000 fine and a five year license suspension.

Jones also asked for a presentencing investigation and offered she would give no stance should Lynch’s attorney Bruce Williams request probation for Lynch.