Fostoria man sentenced to 10 years in prison on drug-related charges

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Joshua D. Williams (right) stands next to his attorney, Francis Marley Jr., to address Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley Friday afternoon.

A Fostoria man convicted of drug-related crimes by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday afternoon.

Kebley had found Joshua D. Williams, 48, guilty of four counts of trafficking in cocaine, one fourth-degree felony and three fifth-degree felonies; possession of cocaine, a fourth-degree felony; and possessing of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

Kelbley found one instance of trafficking in cocaine was committed in the vicinity of a youth and that the cocaine Williams possessed exceeded 5 grams, according to the court.

During Friday’s hearing, Kelbley also found Williams violated his community control.

In February 2018, Williams had pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in cocaine, all fifth-degree felonies, and was sentenced to three years of community control.

Kelbley sentenced Williams to 10 years in prison, with credit for 143 days served, and ordered him to forfeit $160 and pay a $130 fine for Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit.

Stephanie Kiser, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said the victim was society.

Williams once again was poisoning the community with his active role in the criminal drug trade, which he had been part of for more than 25 years, Kiser said.

“He made no progress in his treatment. … He put in little to no effort,” she said.

Kiser said Williams demonstrates a pattern of drug abuse.

“He continues to poison the community,” she said.

Before sentencing, Williams apologized and asked for mercy. Addiction clouds one’s thoughts and mind, he said.

“I think he does need treatment,” said Francis Marley Jr., Williams’ attorney.

An attorney is to be appointed for appeal purposes.