ELYRIA — The husband of the former Lorain Municipal Court deputy clerk of court convicted of stealing from the court system was himself sentenced Monday to seven years on drug charges.
Julio Osorio, 27, was sentenced to four years and 36 months by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski.
The sentence comes after Osorio pleaded guilty in April to six counts of trafficking in drugs (cocaine), one count of trafficking in drugs (marijuana), two counts of possession of criminal tools and one count of possession of marijuana.
The charges stemmed from a series of cocaine buys by a Lorain police informant made from Osorio.
A May 4, 2013, raid of a Columbo Lane home by Lorain police resulted in the seizure of six pounds of marijuana and approximately $1,000 cash. Osorio shared the residence with Sierra Dozier, 26, who was sentenced in March to a year in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to charges of mail fraud.
The charges against Dozier sprang from an investigation dating to the raid in which Lorain Municipal Court traffic citations, checks payable to the court and other documents were seized.
The ensuing probe into those items led authorities to conclude that Dozier had stolen $31,000 while working for the court for seven years. She was fired from her job last year.
Dozier admitted to stealing $200 to $300 a week from the court from people who paid fines, court costs or bonds.
She used the money for dinners and other things, Dozier wrote in a court filing.
Dozier also was ordered to repay the money she stole.
Dozier still is facing state charges in connection with the court thefts, as well as drug charges.
County Prosecutor Dennis Will previously said he did not believe Osorio had any involvement in Dozier’s thefts from the Lorain Municipal Court.
At the time Osorio entered his guilty pleas in April, his attorney, Anthony Baker, said Osorio acknowledged he made a mistake and was ready to go to jail for his actions.
When Osorio pled to drug charges, Betleski indicated he would consider a judicial release after Osorio served 4½ years in prison.
Osorio was ordered to report to the Lorain County Jail on Sept. 22.
He will then be assigned from the jail to a state facility to begin serving his sentence.