June 27, 2016

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Judge says he expects to see drug addict again

MEDINA — A 22-year-old Wellington man was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail after pleading guilty to his fourth and fifth felony charges this year.

Adam R. Knight was sentenced on two counts of receiving stolen property and aggravated drug trafficking, fifth- and third-degree felonies, and he will spend three years on probation once he’s released from jail.

Adam Knight

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier told Knight he’ll spend three years in prison if he violates probation.

Collier predicted he’d see Knight again soon.

“You’re going to get out of jail and violate probation, then go to prison,” Collier told Knight. “That’s exactly what will happen, because you haven’t made the changes necessary to change yourself.”

Knight said he has a serious drug problem and at first evaded questions from Collier about his habits.

He said his two charges of receiving stolen property dealt with taking checks from his ex-girlfriend, and the drug trafficking charge involved him selling fake prescription pills.

“I needed money and it was the easiest way to get it,” Knight told the judge.

“Why did you need the money?” he said. “Because you’re a drug addict?”

Knight acknowledged abusing drugs. At the time, Knight said he was using heroin and was unemployed, and his girlfriend was working as a medical assistant.

“So your benefit to this relationship was you’re an unemployed, drug-using drug dealer,” Collier said. “You sound like the same guys I see every week — the worst of what I see every week.”

In his previous felony cases this year, Knight was convicted of domestic violence and drug possession. In another case, a charge of domestic violence was reduced to a misdemeanor.

Collier asked about the domestic violence felony charge.

“It was a fight between my mother and sister,” Knight said.

“So you weren’t involved, then,” Collier said. “You were just charged in a fight between two other people?”

“I was involved, too,” Knight said.

“But you didn’t say that,” Collier said. “You left yourself out. You’re trying to push the blame on someone else.”

Upon his release from jail, Knight was ordered to pay back $175 to his ex-girlfriend. He also was ordered to find a full-time job, to undergo theft counseling and to have strict drug testing while on probation.

Any violation would see Knight sent to prison, Collier stressed.

“You’re not going to get any other chances,” Collier said.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.