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April 10, 2014

Convicted man pleads to stick with girlfriend

GROVE CITY — When someone is convicted of a crime and there are co-defendants or people who have committed past crimes connected to that defendant, judges frequently order the defendant to have no contact with anyone tied to the crime.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert G. Yeatts sought to have 19-year-old Brandon P. Lewis agree to such an arrangement, but decided not to issue the order after Lewis and his mother argued it would be a bad idea.

Lewis pleaded guilty Feb. 13 to a charge of possession of heroin with intent to deliver. Grove City police said they found 186 bags of heroin Aug. 29 in the motel room and car of Lewis and Brittany R. Pringle, 22, of 711 Springfield Church Road, Findley Township.

Charges against Pringle are pending.

Lewis has “mental heath problems,” including bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and can be influenced by other people, Lewis’ attorney, David J. Graban, said April 2.

Yeatts asked Lewis if he would testify against Pringle, but Lewis said, if called to testify, he would speak on her behalf.

Lewis’ mom, whose name could not be heard when she identified herself to the court reporter, asked that Lewis and Pringle not be separated.

“This is his fault,” she said. “He was trying to impress people – the wrong people.”

Pringle got involved through her care for Lewis, his mother said, and Pringle is one of the few people who can calm him.

“I do believe they are a set that can help each other instead of destroy each other,” Lewis’ mother said.

Lewis, who acknowledged using drugs since he was 14, said he wants to go to collage and get a job.

“I’ve got my life together,” he said.

Yeatts sentenced Lewis to 217 days to 2 years less 1 day in jail followed by 2 years’ probation. Lewis, who was given credit for the 217 days he already had spent in jail, also must perform 50 hours’ community service.

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