30-month sentence in drug case

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Randall S. Mentzer (left) stands next to his attorney, John Kahler, during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom Thursday morning.

A Tiffin man was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to several drug-related charges in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom Thursday morning.

Randall S. Mentzer, 31, pleaded guilty to two charges in one case — trafficking in heroin, a third-degree felony, and possessing criminal tools, a fifth degree felony — and two charges in another case — tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

He agreed to forfeit more than $2,000.

Shuff sentenced Mentzer to 30 months in prison and imposed a six-month license suspension. Mentzer is eligible for judicial release after six months.

Shuff granted Mentzer credit for 262 days served in one case and 205 days in the other.

Mentzer apologized before sentencing. He said he took full responsibility for his actions and said what he did was wrong. He told Shuff he had been using heroin for about 13 years.

In an incident unrelated to Thursday’s proceedings, Mentzer had called 911 in November 2015 and reported his friend, Nathan Hunker, 32, had stopped over the night before, and they were drinking. He reported they both went to bed around 4 a.m., and when he woke up, he found his friend in the same position as when he went to bed, Seneca County Clerk of Courts records state.

Officers and medical personnel responded and found Hunker dead, records state.

Detective Chuck Boyer, unit coordinator of Seneca County Drug Task Force — METRICH Enforcement Unit, had said Mentzer was at the house when Hunker died. Hunker’s cause of death, according to Lucas County Coroner’s Office, was recent alcohol and heroin usage, he said.

Hunker’s death remained under investigation Thursday, he said.