Man given community control in drug case
MARIETTA – A Marietta man with a long list of misdemeanor offenses was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to two weeks in jail on his first felony conviction.
Gary L. Losey II, 31, of 111 W. Montgomery St., Lot 5, had initially been indicted in September on two fifth-degree felony drug trafficking charges for selling Klonopin pills to a confidential informant on two consecutive days in January 2011.
However, the second charge was dropped when Losey pleaded guilty May 8 to one of the charges, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.
Before sentencing, Losey expressed remorse for the crime.
“I’d just like to apologize to the city of Marietta for the trouble I’ve caused. Since then, I’ve really straightened out my lifestyle,” he said.
However, Losey has accumulated several misdemeanor charges since the drug trafficking incidents.
Less than 12 hours after being released from jail on a disorderly conduct charge on Dec. 4, 2011, an intoxicated Losey barreled a Ford Mustang into two parked cars in the 600 block of Seventh Street.
After being treated and released at Marietta Memorial Hospital, he tried to run from Marietta police officers while wearing nothing but his underwear and tennis shoes.
According to Marietta Municipal Court records, a blood test showed Losey’s blood alcohol level to be 0.236 percent – nearly three times the legal limit.
Out of the incident, Losey was found guilty of OVI, obstructing official business, disorderly conduct and driving under suspension.
Losey also has at least three first-degree misdemeanor theft convictions-from December 2011 and March and April of 2012.
Currently, he has charges pending in Marietta Municipal Court for assault, disorderly conduct and theft, all of which stem from this April.
Despite the recent charges, Losey’s attorney Rolf Baumgartel said his client has been successful with his drug treatment program.
Baumgartel presented a letter from L&P Services, which stated Losey had been compliant with his drug treatment counseling and had successfully completed all their requirements.
“(He) doesn’t appear to be using any substances. And (L&P) doesn’t recommend further treatment,” read Baumgartel.
Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane took note of the positive letter.
Prison was not an option for Losey, said Lane, because he has no prior felony convictions.
Losey was sentenced to three years community control, a six-month license suspension and time in the Washington County Jail.
“I’m going to give you two weeks in the county jail because you have to do some time, so you understand I’m going to send you to prison for the full 12 months if you violate community control,” said Lane.
Schneider reminded the court that Losey’s plea agreement stipulated he repay the Major Crimes Task Force for the $190 of drug buy money.
In addition, Losey was ordered to undergo evaluation for the court’s “Thinking For A Change” program, a cognitive behavioral change program developed by The National Institute of Corrections.