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Four-time felon sent to prison

Nicholas J. Corbett, 24, has convictions for fleeing police, stealing a gun, making drugs and

By DAVE O'BRIENReporter Published: September 27, 2017 4:00 AM
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A former Shalersville man with four felony convictions recently was sentenced to more than four years in prison on multiple felony charges, including time for violating his probation on two of those felony convictions.

Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman recently sentenced Nicholas J. Corbett, 24, to four years and six months behind bars on charges including two years for illegal assembly of drugs with a concurrent one-year sentence for exposing an underage girl to sexually explicit images.

With a 24-month prison sentence hanging over his head, Corbett was credited with 33 days already served in the Portage County jail, fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $675 in court costs plus additional fees. Pittman also suspended his driver's license for three years, according to her sentencing order.

Corbett pleaded guilty in June to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony, in connection with an August 2016 bust by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.

A subsequent Portage County Drug Task Force investigation resulted in an eight-count drugs indictment charging him with making butane honey oil -- a marijuana extract with a high concentration of THC, the active ingredient that produces the euphoric high of the drug -- as well as the possession and sale of methamphetamine, possession of prescription painkillers and marijuana-related drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

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Corbett also pleaded guilty in August to one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a fifth-degree felony. In that case, he reportedly tried in November 2016 to entice a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity, according to the sheriff's office.

The convictions are Corbett's third and fourth felony convictions in the past two years. He was convicted in 2016 of both failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, following a February 2016 police chase in Garrettsville, and receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, for possessing a stolen .45-caliber handgun in August 2016.

Judge Becky Doherty recently gave Corbett an additional 36 months in prison for failure to comply and 18 months in prison in the case of the stolen gun, to run consecutive to one another but concurrent to sentence on the drug and sex charges. He got credit for 261 days served in jail and in court-ordered substance abuse treatment in those cases, according to her ruling.

Corbett's earliest release date is July 2020, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

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