MOUNT VERNON — Richard L. Posey Jr., 27, will spend the next 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, attempted human trafficking, trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin.
Posey also faced mandatory $5,000 fines on two counts, but as he had been determined to be indigent, Judge Otho Eyster waived the fines. However, he did not waive the court costs, but said the court would not attempt to collect them until Posey is released from prison.
Posey also will forfeit the $978.25 that was in his possession when he was arrested by the Mount Vernon Police Department on Sept. 11, 2012.
Eyster was able to proceed with the sentencing because Posey waived his right to a presentence investigation by the court. That also means that, since the sentence he received was not a maximum sentence, he cannot appeal the sentence. The charge of engaging in a corrupt activity carries a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison.
He is also not eligible for judicial release for five years and will have five years of post-release control.
Posey was arrested after an investigation into drug trafficking at the apartment where Posey was living at the corner of Coshocton Avenue and Division Street.
A key point in the case was Eyster’s ruling April 2 that evidence obtained at Posey’s arrest and subsequent raid on the apartment were admissible in a trial.
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