Hamlin man pleads guilty to heroin possession. 

January 29, 2018

Cody Denton, left, with defense attorney Tim Hayes.

Hamlin man pleads guilty to heroin possession. 


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor

HART — A 23-year-old Hamlin Township man who pleaded guilty to heroin possession less than 25 grams in Oceana County’s 27th Circuit Court Monday, Jan. 29, testified that police arrested him when he was caught with heroin in his hand.

Cody Morgan Denton, of 2630 N. Sherman Rd., was arrested last October by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office at a local rest area on charges of heroin possession and second-offense habitual offender.

“I was there to get high,” Denton told Judge Robert D. Springstead.

Denton’s habitual offender status enhances his maximum possible term to eight years in prison, the judge said.

In exchange for his plea, Denton’s jail time will be capped at nine months, and his habitual offender status was dismissed.

The court will consider placing Denton in drug rehab, but it will only count as half (four and a half months) of his sentence, Springstead said.

In October 2017, Denton was sentenced in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court to a one-year discretionary jail sentence, serving 122 days up front, for attempted felonious assault. See related story here.  

According to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS), Denton in 2012 served prison terms of two to 15 years for second-degree home invasion; one and a half to 15 years for breaking and entering a building with intent; and one and a half to four years for marijuana delivery. In 2011, he was sentenced to a maximum of two years for marijuana delivery.

Sentencing is set for April 9 At 9 a.m.

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