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Killbuck man admits to selling pot

By CHRISTINE L. PRATT Staff Writer Published: April 15, 2017 5:00 AM

MILLERSBURG -- A Killbuck man on Thursday, March 23, admitted to selling marijuana to a confidential informant working with the Holmes County Sheriff's Office in June.

Devin P. Yoder, 20, of 10190 Township Road 71, pleaded guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas to a single count of trafficking in marijuana. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state agreed to dismiss another trafficking charge.

When he appeared in court on Thursday, Yoder was arrested on an outstanding warrant issued after he allegedly violated bond by testing positive for drugs. Pending sentencing, scheduled for May 2, Judge Robert Rinfret said he would consider again letting Yoder out on bond; however, he warned, "Please, do not test positive again.

"If I let you out, you already have a strike against you. This is a non-prisonable offense. The second you come in and test the positive, you raise the level," said Rinfret, adding, "You have a job. You just had a baby. We are here to help you."

For the fifth-degree felony, Yoder faces up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine. He also will be required to repay the buy money associated with both charges.

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The transactions for which Yoder was charged occurred on June 23 and July 1.

His codefendant, David K. Hopper, 22, whose last known address was 800 S. Washington St., Lot 67, Millersburg, is charged with one count of trafficking in marijuana, stemming from the June 23 transaction. If convicted, Hopper faces up to one year in prison.

On behalf of Hopper, defense attorney Jeff Kellogg said he intends to file for treatment in lieu of conviction.

Reporter Christine Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or cpratt@the-daily-record.com.


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