One of the five Floridians arrested on drug charges last June was sentenced today to 30 days in jail and five years of community control sanctions.
Johnny Honorato, 23, and four others from Apopka, Florida, were arrested in June 2018 and indicted later that month by a Hancock County grand jury on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree felony.
Honorato pleaded guilty in November to an amended third-degree possession charge.
The group allegedly possessed and planned to sell about $100,000 worth of methamphetamine.
Honorato told Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson that his involvement was a “poor, bad, stupid decision.”
Routson noted that Honorato had made additional mistakes since last June, including using cocaine that showed up in a drug test ahead of Wednesday’s sentencing. But the judge did not find a prison sentence necessary for Honorato, who has no previous criminal record. Routson did reserve 30 months in prison, should Honorato fail to comply with the conditions of community control.
Two of the other defendants — Isidoro Martinez, 20, and Manuel Rivera Sanchez, 36 — were indicted on additional charges and now face federal prosecution. The Hancock County cases against them have been dismissed.
The drug possession charge against Martinez came with a major drug offender specification. He was also charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a fourth-degree felony.
Sanchez was charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, in addition to the possession charge. Both first-degree felonies had major drug offender specifications attached.
Salomon Lopez, 29, was not indicted on any additional charges, but did have a major drug offender specification. His local case was also dismissed and he is being federally prosecuted.
Honorato has been cooperating with prosecutors in those cases, including by giving testimony to a federal grand jury.
He has credit for 10 days already served in the Hancock County jail. His punishment also includes a six-month driver’s license suspension.
Honorato is the second of the group to be sentenced.
Stacy McDonald, 30, pleaded guilty in November to aggravated possession of drugs, also amended to a third-degree felony, rather than first-degree. She was sentenced in December to three years of community control sanctions.
McDonald is also cooperating in the federal cases, according to Hancock County Assistant Prosecutor Steve Powell.
Honorato and McDonald did not have charges other than possession, and did not have major drug offender specifications.