Man given 14 months on drug charges

MARIETTA – A Marietta man was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to 14 months in prison for heroin-related charges.

Freddy D. Taylor Jr., 42, of 729 Ninth St. pleaded guilty Aug. 19 to a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs for separate incidents that occurred in December.

Taylor sold heroin to a confidential informant on Dec. 3 and 5, with the earlier sale being elevated to a fourth-degree felony because it happened in the presence of Taylor’s girlfriend’s juvenile son, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham.

“They executed a search warrant as a result of the drug buys,” she said.

During the search of Taylor’s home, officers reportedly found Taylor and Russell C. Beardsley, 39, of 19850 State Route 550, Marietta, sitting at a table covered in heroin abuse instruments such as syringes and spoons containing heroin residue.

Beardsley, who allegedly had a belt around his arm and syringe in hand when found, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony drug possession charge. He pleaded guilty to a reduced first-degree misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of drugs on July 10 and was sentenced to 180 days in the Washington County Jail with 90 days suspended.

Taylor was indicted on two drug trafficking and two drug possession charges. However, the second trafficking charge and second possession charge were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Taylor stood and quietly apologized during his sentencing.

“I just want to apologize. I truly am sorry. This is my last time, you know. I got to change,” said Taylor, before sitting back down and appearing to briefly fall asleep in his chair.

Taylor has done multiple stints in prison and has previous convictions for rape, attempted rape, drug trafficking and violation of a protection order, said Graham.

Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth sentenced Taylor to seven months in prison on the fourth-degree drug trafficking charge and seven months on the fifth-degree drug possession charge. ‘These will run consecutively for a total definite sentence of 14 months,” said Burnworth.

Taylor faced maximum sentences of 18 months and 12 months on the two charges for a maximum possible 30-month sentence.