Lima man faces mandatory prison time after plea

LIMA — A 27-year-old Lima man faces a minimum of two years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 6 on reduced charges of possession of a fentanyl-related compound and tampering with evidence.

Ravon Island accepted an offer from prosecutors Monday that lowered his possible prison exposure. The deal had first been offered last month and was set to expire on Monday.

According to Allen County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Rebecca King-Newman, the deal called for Island to plead guilty to an amended count of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a felony of the second degree that includes the forfeiture of nearly $1,100 in drug proceeds. The amended charge alleges that Island was on June 8, 2020, in possession of more than 10 grams but less than 20 grams of the fentanyl compound. The original indictment was a felony of the first degree and alleged he possessed in excess of 50 grams of the drug.

The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, assisted by the Allen County SWAT team, served a search warrant at 313 S. Jameson Ave. in June of 2020. During a search of the residence suspected fentanyl, suspected heroin, suspected cocaine, suspected marijuana, one semi-automatic pistol, drug paraphernalia and U.S. currency were located. The residents, Island and Clarence Wilson Jr., 61, were taken into custody at the scene.

Island faces a mandatory prison sentence of between tw0 and eight years when he is sentenced in January. The tampering charge, a felony of the third-degree, carries a maximum, non-mandatory prison sentence of 36 months.

Charges against Island that were dismissed as part of the plea deal included possession of heroin, a first-degree felony, also with a specification for the forfeiture of money, and fifth-degree felony charges of possession of cocaine and trafficking in cocaine.

Defense Attorney Denise Demmitt appeared via Zoom during Monday’s hearing, while Island was present in Allen County Common Pleas Court before Judge Jeffrey Reed.

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