Repeat offender faces prison for heroin possession.

April 10, 2018

Cody Denton with defense attorney Douglas Stevenson.

Repeat offender faces prison for heroin possession.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 23-year-old Hamlin Township man with a lengthy criminal history faces serving a minimum of one year and one day to four years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday, April 10, in 51st Circuit Court to heroin possession.

Cody Morgan Denton, of 2630 Sherman Rd., was sentenced in Oceana County’s 27th Circuit Court the previous day, April 9, to nine months in jail for a heroin possession conviction.

Denton was scheduled for a three-day jury trial in Mason County beginning Wednesday, April 11, but the trial was cancelled in light of his plea.

One count of fourth-offense habitual offender will be dismissed at his sentencing, which is set for May 8 at 2 p.m.

He testified that last September in Hamlin Township he was in possession of heroin residue on packaging material that was inside his wallet.

In a separate felony file, he is charged with breaking and entering to Quinn’s Towing, larceny of a firearm, felony firearm and fourth-offense habitual offender, facing up to life in prison. His heroin case will run concurrently to that case.

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.

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.

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