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Millersburg man admits selling marijuana

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

MILLERSBURG -- For not only his own role in selling marijuana to a confidential informant, but that of his juvenile daughter, a Millersburg man was chastised Thursday when he pleaded guilty to related criminal charges.

Donald McVay, 52, of 744 Critchfield St., Millersburg, pleaded guilty to trafficking in marijuana and endangering children. In exchange for his guilty plea, a related charge of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor was dismissed. He faces a period of incarceration of up to 1° years for the charges, which stem from a July 1 alleged deal at his home, in which his 15-year-old daughter also is accused of playing a role.

At the time, there was also at least one other child at the home during the time of the sale, said Holmes County Assistant Prosecutor Steve Knowling.

To McVay, who is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on June 8, Judge Robert Rinfret said, "You're selling grass to somebody. That's one thing. But your (minor) daughter is involved. That's horrendous."

Consequently, Rinfret told McVay, who admitted he has since lost his job because of the criminal charges against him, "You're looking at going to prison for selling $50 worth of grass."

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Also appearing in court on outstanding charges of trafficking in marijuana:

■ Terrel R. Manis, 24, formerly of Big Prairie, pleaded guilty to trafficking in marijuana in the vicinity of a school and aggravated trafficking in oxycodone. In exchange for his guilty plea, a second charge of trafficking in marijuana was dismissed.

The charges stem from incidents occurring on June 22, June 23, July 1 and July 12.

Manis, who faces up to three years in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 8.

Of his actions, Manis simply said, "It was a dumb decision."

■ Aaron Michael Bradley, 23, of 14058 State Route 226, Lakeville, charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana, has filed for intervention in lieu of conviction. The charges stem from incidents occurring on June 22, allegedly in the vicinity of a school, and June 23.

The charges carry a potential sentence of up to 2 ° years in prison if convicted; however, if Bradley successfully completes the court-ordered treatment program and other conditions, the charges will be dismissed.

On the first occasion, it is alleged that Joshua Blake Lehman, 39, of 361 N. Main St., Shreve, delivered the drugs. He pleaded guilty to an amended charge of permitting drug abuse.

Lehman, scheduled to be sentenced on June 6, faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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


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