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Convicted thief faces drug charges in county


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An inmate already serving time for theft in a state prison has been brought back to Columbus to face drug-dealing charges.

An initial hearing for Connor Todd Spachtholtz, 24, was held Monday in Bartholomew Circuit Court on two counts of dealing in methamphetamine and one count of dealing in heroin, all Class B felonies.

If convicted on all these charges, Spachtholtz could receive from 18 to 60 years in prison and ordered to pay up to $30,000 in fines.

The new charges allege that the Columbus native sold three small bags of meth for $100 on two occasions last summer — July 1 outside an eastside sandwich shop and June 27 outside a department store, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

He also is charged with selling heroin July 2 near a convenience store on the city’s northwest side, the affidavit said.

At the time of last summer’s drug buys, Spachtholtz was on probation after receiving a three-year suspended sentence in 2012 for theft. When he was picked up in early last August, investigators discovered he was carrying an illegal syringe, which resulted in revocation of his probation. Spachtholtz was sent to the Branchville Correctional Facility in Perry County to serve his 2012 sentence.

But with the possibility of parole fast approaching, Spachtholtz was ordered to be returned to Bartholomew County last Friday to be arraigned on the drug charges this week.

Now that he’s formally charged, Spachtholtz will have to post a $200,000 surety or $20,000 cash bond to be released from the Bartholomew County Jail even if parole is granted.

A change-of-plea hearing has been tentatively scheduled for June 23 before Circuit Judge Stephen Heimann. A jury trial is set for July 8.

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