WILMINGTON – There will be no trials for Daymon Haislip, as he changed his plea to guilty on three counts and will serve prison time.
Authorities say Haislip, 27, of Cincinnati was at a Michigan Avenue, Wilmington residence where Cody Hart, 23, was found dead of a drug overdose.
Two trials were scheduled for November for the 12 counts Haislip was facing, which included three counts of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree, four counts of trafficking heroin in the fifth degree, one count corrupting another with drugs in the second degree, one count of tampering with evidence in the third degree, one count of aggravated possession of drugs in the fifth degree and two counts of trafficking heroin in the fourth degree.
Instead of the trials, Haislip pled guilty to three counts — corrupting another with drugs in the second degree, tampering with evidence in the third degree, and trafficking heroin in the fifth degree.
“I think this is a reasonable compromise based upon the facts as I know them,” said Clinton County Court of Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck, who accepted the plea deal.
The charge of corrupting another with drugs, Rudduck said, carries a maximum of eight years in prison. Haislip was sentenced to four years, all of which is mandatory. Haislip was also given credit for 114 days in jail.
In addition to four years in prison, Haislip was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 173 days of credit for the charge of tampering with evidence in the third degree.
Finally, Haislip was sentenced to 11 months in prison with 152 days credit for trafficking heroin in the fifth degree.
“The jail time credit is different based upon the time you were … arrested on each of those counts,” Rudduck said.
Haislip’s driver’s license was also suspended for four years.
Haislip has the opportunity to earn credit against his prison sentence if he participates in some of the prison’s programs, Rudduck said, but the credit is up to the correctional officers.
Once Haislip is released, he will be under supervised probation for three years.
Mary Foster, Haislip’s attorney, said she and her client were in favor of the plea deal and felt it was appropriate.
“He has been open with this court from the beginning,” she said. “We think that has some merit to it.”
She also said her client plans on doing the prison’s programs during his sentence.
“He wants to get himself in order,” she said.
All of Haislip’s prison terms will be served concurrently, Rudduck said.
A co-defendant in the case, DeLee Wampler, 53, of Wilmington, was sentenced four years in prison for a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree and a charge of aggravated trafficking of drugs in the fourth degree.
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