December 19, 2014

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Court clerk’s spouse pleads guilty to drug charges

Julio Osorio

Julio Osorio

Sierra Dozier

Sierra Dozier

ELYRIA — The husband of a former Lorain Municipal Court deputy clerk of courts who has been convicted of stealing from the court system pleaded guilty Monday to drug charges.

Julio Osorio, 27, is expected to receive seven years in prison when he is sentenced later this year on charges of possession of drugs, two counts of possession of criminal tools and seven counts of drug trafficking. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski has said he will consider judicial release after Osorio has served 4½ years behind bars.

Lorain police seized about 6 pounds of marijuana and about $1,000 in cash during a May 14, 2013, raid on the Columbo Lane home that he shared with Sierra Dozier.

The raid followed a series of controlled cocaine buys a police informant made with Osorio, who previously had served time on drug and weapons charges.

During the search of the house, police found Lorain Municipal Court documents, including traffic citations and clerk’s office envelopes. That evidence led to an investigation into Dozier’s activities that concluded she’d stolen thousands of dollars while working for the court.

Dozier, 26, already has pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud and has been sentenced to one year in prison. But she is still facing state charges in connection with the thefts from the court as well as drug charges.

Her attorney has asked Betleski to suppress the evidence against Dozier gathered during the search, arguing that the warrant was for drug activity, not allegations of theft.

Anthony Baker, Osorio’s defense attorney, said his client is ready to accept responsibility for his crimes.

“He’s a young man who made a mistake and who is willing to do the time for making the mistake,” Baker said.

Since Osorio’s arrest, Baker said his client has gotten a job and has been putting money aside to support his family, including a child Dozier is expecting, while he is incarcerated.

Both Baker and county Prosecutor Dennis Will said they didn’t believe Osorio had any substantial involvement with Dozier’s theft from the court system.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.