MOUNT VERNON — A drug trafficking charge was dismissed against a Mount Vernon man in a plea deal Thursday in Knox County Common Pleas Court.

One count of aggravated trafficking in drugs was dismissed against Jason D. McClung, 38, after he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony. The trafficking charge was also a third-degree felony.

The charge stems from Feb. 6, 2018. According to court records, a search warrant was executed at McClung’s residence, finding paraphernalia, suspected marijuana and a security system with eight cameras. McClung was stopped by Knox County Sheriff’s deputies the same day near Fredericktown, Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said. He was found to be possession of 6.5 grams of meth.

McConville is seeking forfeiture of the security system.

At Thursday’s hearing, McClung said he had the security system because people were “breaking into my house.”

McConville replied to McClung’s comment that a security system “is also helpful when you’re dealing drugs out of your house.”

Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for April 4.

Also Thursday, Wetzel sentenced John R. Capoccia, 32, Mount Vernon, on one count of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony, to treatment at the Franklin County Community Based Corrections Facility. Capoccia’s attorney, Phillip Lehmkuhl, said Capoccia has problems with his temper and drugs, both of which can be addressed at the CBCF.

The charge against Capoccia stems from Sept. 7, 2018. According to court records, Capoccia strangled his mother in traffic while she was behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. The attack was observed by a witness, who notified a Mount Vernon Police officer doing a traffic detail.

Tevin M. Harper, 20, Mount Vernon, was sentenced by Wetzel to three years in prison on one count of rape, a first-degree felony. Harper was further classified as a tier three sex offender, required to register every 90 days in person with the sheriff of his county of residence for life.

The charge stems from Aug. 6, 2018, when a 16-year-old girl woke up in the middle of the night to find Harper having sex with her, according to court records. Harper’s DNA was found in a sample taken off the girl.


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