Esmail to appeal re-sentencing

LISBON – Amad Esmail, who owned the Leetonia Shell station while he was dealing drugs in the summer of 2009, has filed a notice to appeal his re-sentencing in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on August 8, 2013.

As he had been previously, Esmail was sentenced to eight years for various drug trafficking offenses. His family, including many of his children, were present at both sentencings.

Prosecutors had stated the drugs found in Esmail’s possession or sold to agents had a street value of $31,000, and he had another $7,680 in cash with him during the investigation.

Esmail had pleaded guilty in August 2011 to three counts of drug trafficking, two counts of aggravated trafficking, aggravated possession and two counts of possession of drugs. At that time he had been sentenced to eight years, but a sentencing technicality forced the court resentence him this summer.

In addition to the prison term, his license was suspended for three years.