North Lima woman pleads guilty to drug trafficking

LISBON — Robin R. Stadtmiller, 53, North Lima, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs this week before Common Pleas Court Judge Megan Bickerton.

The soft-spoken Stadtmiller was reportedly along for the sale when co-defendant John Kelly sold .85 grams of methamphetamines to two undercover officers for $85 in the vicinity of the Learning Tree Childcare Center in East Palestine on Dec. 18, 2017. The co-defendant was reportedly also found to have $289 in his possession along with an additional 7.6 grams of meth.

Stadtmiller’s defense attorney, Coleen Hall-Dailey, said the whole case has been very difficult for Stadtmiller, who has indicated to her attorney “she was very much under the thumb” of the co-defendant in the case. Hall-Dailey said Kelly was the one who made all the arrangements to sell the meth and when Stadtmiller had come home that day she learned of Kelly’s plans. She was there when the sale took place.

A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered including an evaluation for possible placement at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. Sentencing was set for Aug. 23. The possible maximum sentence for the third-degree felony charge is three years in prison.

Kelly, 59, Park Avenue, East Palestine, has been charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs with a forfeiture specification in relation to the incident, but there is currently a bench warrant for him for failure to appear for his arraignment hearing on Nov. 16.