Fostoria man convicted of several charges

Frisco W. Parks attends his trial in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Tuesday.

A jury convicted a Fostoria man of several charges during a trial that ended Tuesday

afternoon

in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom.

Frisco W. Parks, 33, had been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, one second-degree felony and one third-degree felony; having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; and possessing of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Parks was found guilty of two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of having weapons while under disability Tuesday.

The jury found him not guilty of possessing of criminal tools and determined aggravated trafficking in drugs was not committed in the vicinity of a youth.

Parks is to forfeit a semi-automatic pistol, a BB gun, a cell phone and $756.

The two-man, 10-woman jury returned its verdicts after about three hours and 15 minutes of deliberations Tuesday.

In her opening statement, Stephanie Kiser, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said it was a simple, straightforward case involving drugs and firearms. It involved a single operation conducted by Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit and a search warrant at Parks’ home, she said.

A firearm, which Parks legally is not allowed to possess, was found in the home, and there were two different strengths of oxycodone pills, Kiser said.

In her closing argument Tuesday, Kiser said it was undisputed there was a large amount of oxycodone pills and a firearm found in Parks’ bedroom. He admitted the pills were his and that he didn’t have a prescription, she said.

“Use your common sense,” she told the jury.

During his closing argument, Alex Treece, Parks’ attorney, said the state of Ohio had the burden of proof.

“This case is not as simple as the state wants you to believe,” he said.

After being found guilty of several charges Tuesday, Parks pleaded guilty to a charge of felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

The offense had involved a fellow inmate at Seneca County Jail, according to Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office.

Parks had been set to go to trial on the felonious assault charge today and Thursday.

Sentencing for the cases is set for Thursday.

According to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, Parks previously served time in prison for two counts of weapon under disability, third-degree felonies, and two counts of carry concealed weapon and two counts of firearms in motor vehicle, fourth-degree felonies, for crimes in Seneca County.

He also served time in prison for Hancock County crimes of two counts of aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies, and robbery, a second-degree felony.

Parks had been sentenced to seven years, nine months in prison, was released March 4, 2018, and was under supervision by Adult Parole Authority, according to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction.

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