Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth District, Ashland
from the Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 16-CRI-023
Plaintiff-Appellee CHRISTOPHER E. BALLARD.
Defendant-Appellant MATTHEW J. MALONE.
JUDGES: Hon. W. Scott Gwin, P.J. Hon. Craig R. Baldwin, J.
Hon. Earle E. Wise, Jr., J.
1} Plaintiff-Appellant, James Eric Crossen, appeals
his July 14, 2016 conviction entry and August 30, 2016
sentencing entry of the Court of Common Pleas of Ashland
County, Ohio. Defendant-Appellee is the state of Ohio.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
2} On March 18, 2016, the Ashland County Grand Jury
indicted appellant on one count of possession of heroin in
violation of R.C. 2925.11, one count of possessing criminal
tools in violation of R.C. 2923.24, and one count of
possessing drug abuse instruments in violation of R.C.
2925.12. Said charges arose from the execution of an arrest
warrant for appellant's girlfriend, Amber Morris, at the
home of appellant's mother and stepfather.
3} A jury trial commenced on July 12, 2016. The jury
found appellant guilty of the possession of heroin and
possessing drug abuse instruments counts, and not guilty of
the possessing criminal tools count. By judgment entry filed
August 30, 2016, the trial court sentenced appellant to an
aggregate term of twelve months in prison.
4} Appellant filed an appeal and this matter is now
before this court for consideration. Assignment of error is
5} "APPELLANT'S CONVICTIONS WERE AGAINST
THE MANIFEST WEIGHT AND SUFFICIENCY OF THE EVIDENCE."
6} In his sole assignment of error, appellant claims
his convictions for possession of heroin and possessing drug
abuse instruments were against the ...