LOGAN — Terry W. Churchheus, 28, of Friesner Avenue, appeared in Hocking County Common Pleas Court Thursday for a change of plea hearing.
Churchheus pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony; possession of heroin, fourth-degree felony; and possession of cocaine with forfeiture specifications, fifth-degree felony.
Hocking County Assistant Prosecutor Bill Archer recommended a total of 42 months in prison, with the possibility of judicial release after 60 days to a community-based correction facility.
Churchheus, who has been in Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail since April 3, has a long history with drugs and was arrested in December 2012 after Logan Police Department seized 18 grams of heroin packaged for sale from his residence on West Hunter Street.
He was arrested in April and pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree felony charges of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in crack cocaine and five counts of possession of heroin after officers from the Logan Police Department executed a search warrant on his Friesner Avenue residence alleging trafficking of narcotics from the home.
Hocking County Common Pleas Court Judge John Wallace sentenced Churchheus to 12 months in a penal institution for trafficking heroin and 18 months for possession of heroin, to be served consecutively. Wallace also sentenced Churchheus to 12 months for possession of cocaine, which was suspended.
Churchheus will receive credit for his time served in SEORJ since April.
Other stipulations of the plea agreement include all seized property will be forfeited to the state; five years of community control upon release; eligible for judicial release after 60 days to a community-based correction facility; pay court costs of $5 per month per case; no drugs or alcohol; submit to all drug and alcohol screenings; no contact with felons; must maintain residence within Ohio; and stay law-abiding upon release.
Wallace reminded Churchheus that his judicial release would be dependent on his behavior while incarcerated.