Seferino J.M. Maltos Jr., 22, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, having weapons under disability, possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools.
In exchange, prosecutors dismissed nearly 10 felonies: One count of trafficking in cocaine, five charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, one count of receiving stolen property, two charges of having weapons while under disability and one count of trafficking in drugs.
Judge Jim Conway sentenced Maltos to four years and 11 months in prison and ordered him to forfeit a vehicle and $12,284. The defendant also must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff’s Office $80 for drug testing.
Deputies booked Maltos into the county jail Jan. 25.
Before his arrest, he had been wanted by authorities for about six months. The sheriff’s office, Willard Police Department and U.S. Marshal Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Maltos in Toledo.
Maltos failed to appear in court in July 2017 and a subsequent warrant was issued for his arrest. However, after receiving that warrant, he fled from the Willard area. Sheriff’s Sgt. Ted Evans has said that once local authorities started working with the U.S. Marshals to locate him, more information was found and the detectives’ investigation led them to Toledo.
The defendant’s information was published in one of the Reflector’s fugitive roundups, asking anyone with information to inform authorities. Maltos was the second such fugitive who was found after information was published in this paper.
The first was JeMichael Randleman, 27, of 104 Franklin Ave., Wakeman, who was reported as a fugitive in the Reflector Jan. 8. He was then caught, arrested and booked in the Huron County Jail Jan. 22. Randleman was charged with probation violation on an original charge of assault.
The latest of such roundups, published July 3 lists information and photos for four fugitives, all wanted on drug charges, ranging in ages from 22 to 53.
In other hearings:
• Chase L. Clinton, 35, of Sandusky, was fined $250 Thursday and sentenced to a 90-day discretionary jail sentence for improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. His probation officer has the option of when to impose part or all of the sentence at any time without a hearing during his two years of probation.
• Micah D. Risner, 31, formerly of 311 Main St., Willard, was sentenced Thursday to six months in prison for one count each of theft and aiding and abetting the misuse of a credit card. He also must pay restitution of $110. During a plea hearing in late March, prosecutors dismissed one count of aiding and abetting forgery.