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Brian Harris was found guilty as charged of Possession of Cocaine
March 07, 2007

Press Release For Immediate Release February 16, 2007

(Hamilton, Ohio) A Butler County jury was given the opportunity by Common Plea Judge Pater to retire for the evening, yet they chose to continue deliberations with the commitment to reach a verdict in the Brian Harris trial. After a day of trial and five hours of deliberation, the jury rendered its verdict at midnight. Brian Harris was found guilty as charged of Possession of Cocaine, which carries a mandatory prison term of 2-8 years, Having Weapons While Under Disability, which carries 1-5 years in prison, Possession of Marijuana and Driving Under Suspension, both misdemeanors.

On April 13, 2006, Middletown officers responded to a self-storage business regarding a suspicious vehicle occupied by Harris. He smelled of marijuana and a quantity of the drug was located on his person. He also had $5,439.00. A search warrant was obtained for his storage unit and a large amount of crack cocaine and a semi-automatic pistol was located.

Prosecutor Piper stated, “The assistant prosecutors who tried the case did an outstanding job in preparation and presentation. Assistant Prosecutor, Glenn Rossi and Middletown Police Officers Chris Winters and Brad Carozza.”

Prosecutor Piper also commented, “While I have had juries with the kind of commitment that let their deliberations go into the evening hours, It is rare for a jury go until midnight, as they did here. Our system is made up of people and this jury exercised extraordinary commitment.”

A separate hearing immediately commenced wherein the Prosecutor’s Office sought forfeiture of the $5,439.00 of drug money, that was granted by Judge Pater.

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