December 22, 2014

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Man pleads guilty to trafficking heroin

Shawn Stephens

Shawn Stephens

ELYRIA — A man accused of selling drugs in the parking lot of a downtown business entered guilty pleas Friday.

Shawn Stephens, 39, pleaded guilty before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge to two counts of trafficking in heroin, possession of criminal tools and tampering with evidence.

According to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino, Stephens was arrested in July after police saw him making a drug transaction in the parking lot of the Rite-Aid drugstore at Broad and Cedar streets.

The tampering with evidence count related to a cell phone Stephens was using as part of his alleged drug dealing, which he attempted to get rid of so police couldn’t find it, Costantino said.

Police recovered the cell phone after arresting Stephens.

A sentencing date has not been set.

In 2004, Stephens was the driver of a car that pulled out in front of Elyria police Officer Bradley Scott, whose motorcycle collided with the vehicle on Aug. 27, 2004. Scott was thrown from his motorcycle and died of injuries less than an hour later.

Stephens pleaded guilty to charges including vehicular manslaughter in the case and was sentenced to a year in prison.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.