Tolbert receives 30-month sentence in drug case

D’Lontae Tolbert and his attorney, Ray Smith, discuss his sentencing Friday afternoon at the Washington County Courthouse. (Photo by Michele Newbanks)

MARIETTA — A 28-year-old Hilliard man was sentenced to more than 30 months in prison Friday in Washington County Common Pleas Court for possession of drugs.

D’Lontae Tolbert was on post-release control when he was arrested for possession of heroin. Along with the 30 months, he will also have to serve the remainder of his post-release control, approximately 943 days, in prison.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jim Schneider said the state recommended four years of incarceration and court costs to be paid by Tolbert.

Tolbert had $1,329 cash seized from him when he was arrested in August at 101 Ingleside Ave., Marietta. It was agreed when he pleaded guilty on Oct. 17 that the money would be applied to his court fees. Any remaining funds would be given to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office/Major Crimes Task Force.

Tolbert’s attorney, Ray Smith, said his client didn’t have a long criminal history.

“In his case, he’s got an offense out of Michigan, an attempt to carry and conceal a weapon, a no driver’s license charge, and the offense in this county, for which he was placed on post-release control,” he said.

He said the 2014 trafficking drug offense in Washington County was a first-degree felony and Tolbert received a three year prison sentence.

“His record is not as bad as you’d think,” Smith said.

Tolbert gave no statement on his own behalf.

Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi said the prior three-year sentence didn’t work.

“Here you are trafficking in drugs in Marietta once again,” Kerenyi said.

He said Tolbert has not been rehabilitated and shows no genuine remorse for the offense.

“He’s also had difficulties while in the county jail,” Kerenyi explained, noting Tolbert was in a fight on Aug. 18.

The judge said Tolbert had a high-risk of re-offending.

“I further note that this happened in the Norwood area, which is a residential neighborhood,” Kerenyi added.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.


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