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State v. Beightler

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth District, Fairfield

July 18, 2019

STATE OF OHIO Plaintiff - Appellee
v.
CHRISTOPHER BEIGHTLER Defendant-Appellant

          Appeal from the Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 18-CR-193

          KENNETH W. OSWALT ASSISTANT FAIRFIELD COUNTY PROSECUTOR FOR PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE

          SCOTT P. WOOD FOR DEFENDANT-APPELLANT

          Hon. William B. Hoffman, P.J. Hon. Craig R. Baldwin, J. Hon. Earle E. Wise, J.

          OPINION

          Baldwin, J.

         {¶1} Christopher Beightler appeals the decision of the Fairfield County Common Pleas Court overruling his motion to suppress the evidence found at his residence, arguing that the warrant was not supported by probable cause and the search was therefore illegal.

         STATEMENT OF FACTS AND THE CASE

         {¶2} The Fairfield County Sheriffs Department obtained a warrant and searched Appellant's residence and discovered drugs and firearms leading to the indictment of Appellant. Appellant filed a motion to suppress the evidence of drugs and firearms, contending the warrant was not supported by probable cause. The trial court overruled the motion and Appellant entered a plea of no contest to one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony, and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony. He plead guilty to a one year firearm specification and forfeiture specification and was sentenced to a total term of 10 years and 29 days in prison, which included a 394-day prison sentence as a sanction for committing a new criminal offense while on post-release control.

         {¶3} The warrant that ultimately lead to Appellant's conviction was issued in response to an affidavit executed by Detective Shawn Woodgeard of the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office based upon seven categories of information:

         {¶4} 1. Multiple tips regarding drug trafficking at 180 Sells Rd, Apt H6;

         {¶5} 2. Information from John Arthurs, Jr;

         {¶6} 3. Information from a confidential informant;

         {¶7} 4. Surveillance of 180 Sells Rd, Apt H6 by the Fairfield County Sheriffs Office;

         {¶8} 5. Discovery of drugs discarded by Appellant ...


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