LIMA — A Lima man who was prepared Monday to plead guilty to charges labeling him a major drug offender had a last-minute change of heart upon learning he would be sentenced to more time behind bars than he originally believed.
Prosecutors had made an offer to Marlo Davis, 29, that called for him to plead guilty to a first-degree felony count of possession of cocaine in exchange for the dismissal of five additional counts in two separate cases. The possession charge carried with it a legal definition that would have caused Davis to be sentenced to additional prison time as a major drug offender. Judge Terri Kohlrieser said he faced a mandatory 11 years.
It was then brought to the court’s attention that a change in Ohio’s sentencing laws would mean an additional 5 1/2 years in prison for Davis, prompting the Lima man to ask for more time to consider his decision. He will return to court Sept. 30.