Man sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison

Antonio M. Smith (right) stands next to his attorney, Alex Smith, to address Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff during a hearing Monday morning.

A Fostoria man found guilty of drug-related crimes was sentenced to nearly five years in prison Monday morning.

Antonio M. Smith, 25, had been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on three counts of complicity to trafficking in cocaine, one fourth-degree felony and two fifth-degree felonies, and one count each of trafficking in crack cocaine and trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felonies.

A jury found him guilty of all charges May 8 and found one instance of complicity to trafficking in cocaine was committed in the vicinity of a youth.

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff sentenced Smith to 59 months in prison, with credit for time served, and ordered him to pay fines totaling $860 to Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit.

Angela Boes, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said the victim was society as a whole and specifically communities within Seneca County and Fostoria. It involved two drugs, cocaine and Alprazolam, and the offenses occurred on separate dates, she said.

Smith was not using the drugs himself but was selling them to others for his own benefit and profit, Boes said.

Before sentencing, Smith apologized and said he accepted the fact he would be punished.

“I understand I did have chances before,” he said.

Smith previously had been sentenced to three years of community control after pleading guilty to charges of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor, in 2016, according to court records.

He was sentenced to three years of community control after pleading guilty to a charge of trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony, in 2018, court records state.

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