Bucyrus man gets 90 days for sharing a joint with 11-year-old

BUCYRUS — A Bucyrus man will serve 90 days in jail for giving an 11-year-old girl marijuana and smoking with her.

Crawford County Common Plea Court Judge Sean Leuthold on Wednesday sentenced Brice Ison based on an earlier guilty plea to corrupting another with drugs..

Noting that he “wished to God”, he could send Ison to prison, Leuthold set strong stipulations on his sentence of five years of community control. He asked Ison if he had any children and Ison indicated that he had a toddler at home where he resides with the child’s mother.

Leuthold shook his head and said, “You don’t live there anymore. You cannot be in the presence of any children right now, even your own. I don’t trust you as far as I can throw you. You have to live somewhere else.”

The judge asked the defendant what he was thinking giving marijuana to an 11-year-old.

Ison responded, “I have searched my soul and I can find no excuse for what I did.”

Leuthold replied, “Instead of soul searching, how about searching for your soul? I’m going to be watching you. You are now prison eligible. If you mess this up I will send you to the State Penitentiary. Do you understand?”

Ison replied, “I deserve it.”

In what Judge Leuthold called a “sad case,” Margaret Fife, 36, of Crestline, pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated burglary. She and a co-defendant robbed a residence resulting in restitution of more than $16,000.

Leuthold said when Fife originally was arrested, she was approximately eight months pregnant. She was allowed to post bond to receive medical treatment due to her addiction and impending delivery. Fife reported the baby was born with complications but is now out of the hospital.

“It’s like something out of a movie. We had to arrest you when you were visiting your baby,” Leuthold said. “I am happy to hear that so far everything is alright and I wish nothing but the best for this baby.”

Noting her minimal criminal history, Leuthold described this situation as a type of Bonnie and Clyde scenario.

“You got messed up with the wrong guy and here we are,” he said. “You have seven children. You need to take this time in prison and get yourself together. Take advantage of some of the good programs in there and change your life. Worry about being a good Mom to those kids and don’t worry about relationships.”

In exchange for her guilty plea, Fife was ordered to make restitution to be determined and serve four years in prison. Fife will receive credit for time served.

Jerraca Leslie, 48, of Mansfield faced a different judge and ended up with a very different outcome when she pleaded guilty to violating conditions of her community control.

She appeared in Crawford County Common Pleas Court before Judge Sean Leuthold. She was accompanied by her attorney Tom Nicholson. Leslie originally was sentenced on two counts of trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies, in 2011 at which time she was sentenced to four years in prison. She was released after serving two years.

In 2014, she was convicted of theft from a Family Video store after stealing $450.00. She was placed on community control by Judge Wiseman and ordered to complete drug and alcohol counseling.

Leslie recently was charged with violating her probation when she was found intoxicated and roaming around Mansfield.

After accepting her guilty plea on violating her community control, Leuthold reimposed the two years left on the original prison sentence, but noted he would not object to transitional control or release to a halfway house in Mansfield in the future.

“You have got to get your act together and be a mother,” Leuthold said.

By Kathy Laird


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