October 25, 2014

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Marijuana trafficker, 23, gets probation for gun threat

MEDINA — A 23-year-old man was placed on probation for two years Thursday for putting a gun in his ex-girlfriend’s face.

Taylor Riggs, of the 900 block of Dawn Court, Medina, pleaded no contest in March to having weapons under disability, which is punishable by up to three years in prison.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler also ordered Riggs to complete 24 hours of community service and warned Riggs of what would happen if he broke the rules again.

“If he screws up, he’s looking at 180 days in the county jail,” Kimbler said.

Riggs was free on bond awaiting trial on a marijuana trafficking charge when the gun incident occurred. Ohio law forbids anyone charged or convicted of felony drug violations from having guns.

The gun charge stemmed from Riggs’ ex-girlfriend, who told police the evening of Nov. 10 that he put the gun — a .38-caliber revolver — in her face after an argument.

Riggs’ trafficking case was resolved in January. He was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of attempted marijuana trafficking, a first-degree misdemeanor.

On Tuesday, Riggs admitted to county Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier that he violated probation after testing positive for marijuana. Collier extended Riggs’ probation for another year and said he would spend six months in jail if he violates again.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.