MIAMI COUNTY — Tevin Tevis, 25, of Troy, entered a plea of no contest on an indicted charge of possession of cocaine just moments before a jury was set to be selected in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
Tevis entered the plea of no contest and was found guilty on one count of second degree felony possession of cocaine by Judge Christopher Gee. As the court bailiff left the courtroom to retrieve the jury, Tevis and public defense attorney Steve Lehman requested a few more minutes to consider the state prosecutor’s plea agreement.
Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Janna Parker presented to the court a joint agreement of a four-year mandatory prison term. The plea deal included stipulations that the state would drop the first count of second degree drug trafficking charge. The maximum sentence was up to eight years in prison for the crime.
Lehman apologized to the court for its “13th hour” decision, and Judge Gee resumed the hearing with a change of plea and sentencing hearing.
Throughout the hearing, Tevis sighed and placed his head in the palms of his hands several times as he proceeded to answer questions regarding his constitutional rights.
Tevis waived his right to a pre-sentence investigation and was immediately sentenced by Judge Gee. He was given 154 days of jail time credit.
Prior to sentencing, Lehman said Tevis’ decision to stay at the Imperial Court apartment “wasn’t in his best choice” due to the drug activity in the home. Based on the evidence which was to be presented to the jury, Lehman said he believed the joint recommendation with the state was appropriate and asked the court to follow its recommendation.
Tevis said he has dealt with drugs for 15 years and asked Judge Gee to honor the plea agreement so he wouldn’t be away from his children and family too long.
Gee waived the mandatory $7,500 fine, finding Tevis indigent. Upon his release from prison, Tevis will serve a mandatory three years of post-release control, have his license suspended for six months and was ordered to pay $125 to the Troy Police Department for drug testing.
“Mr. Tevis, good luck to you sir. Use your time wisely,” said Judge Gee as Tevis was led away by court deputies.
Last March, Troy Police Department and its tactical response team served a search warrant on 1308 Imperial Court, Apt. G, Troy, after reasonable cause found that Tevis, and another subject, were selling and distributing cocaine.
The search located more than an ounce of cocaine, scales, spoons, plastic baggies and bottles of acetone, which breaks down cocaine.