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East Liverpool man back in trouble, now back in court

LISBON — An East Liverpool man who pleaded guilty to a list of charges last week and was told to stay out of trouble pending sentencing was back in court in custody on Tuesday.

On April 28, Matthew R. Young, 25, Lisbon Street, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine, a first-degree felony; possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, a third-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony; two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, both a third-degree felony; possession of cocaine, a third-degree felony; possession of drugs, a misdemeanor and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, both fifth-degree felonies.

Sentencing is set for May 21. If the court were to run all the charges consecutively to each other, he faces up to 50 years in prison, a $96,000 fine and a five-year license suspension.

On Tuesday, Chief Assistant County Prosecutor Ryan Weikart explained to Judge Scott Washam why he was requesting Young’s bond be revoked. Weikart said it appears Young began picking up new charges even before he was sternly warned by Common Pleas Court Judge Megan Bickerton to stay out of trouble. Due to his alleged actions on April 10, he is facing charges of driving under suspension and drug abuse instruments; April 17, driving under suspension, expired plates and possession of marijuana; and April 24, an alleged theft from Walmart which was filed in court on April 27.

Within 24 hours of Bickerton’s warning, Weikart said Young failed to appear for a hearing in East Liverpool Municipal Court on some of these charges. Then on April 30, Weikart said when St. Clair Township Patrolman Jake Hayter attempted to serve him with the bench warrant for failure to appear, Young took off running, but was taken into custody after he tripped and fell down a hill.

“I don’t have any great confidence he is not going to get into any more trouble or that he will come to court for his sentencing hearing,” Weikart said.

Weikart said in the plea agreement, the prosecutor’s office was planning to ask for a five-year prison sentence on the charges and a nine-month sentence for charges in another case.

Defense attorney James Wise pointed out to Washam that all these charges from April are all allegations and Young has not been convicted of them, nor has he given any indication he would not appear for his felony case. At this point, Young remains in custody and Washam said he would take the bond revocation under advisement.

The charges Young pleaded guilty to last week were from March 13, 2020, when he had more than 27 grams of cocaine; methamphetamines, which were prepared for sale; hydrocodone; amphetamines; burprenorphine and $1,245 in drug-related proceeds. Prior to that on Feb. 22, 2020, he had more than 10 grams of cocaine prepared for resale and more than the bulk amount of methamphetamines.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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