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Former Creno’s owner gets community control for cocaine possession

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Former Creno’s owner gets community control for cocaine possession

Kevin Bishop, 39, was sentenced to three years of community control for a drug possession charge in Muskingum County.

Kevin Bishop, 39, was sentenced to three years of community control for a drug possession charge in Muskingum County.

Kevin Bishop, 39, was sentenced to three years of community control for a drug possession charge in Muskingum County.

Kevin Bishop, 39, was sentenced to three years of community control for a drug possession charge in Muskingum County.

By Christine Holmes, News Director

The former owner of several Creno’s Pizza franchises was sentenced to three years of community control Monday afternoon after he was convicted of possessing cocaine.

Originally recommended for intervention in lieu of conviction, Kevin Bishop’s sentence was reconsidered when he tested positive for cocaine the day of his arraignment, Feb. 25.

Defense attorney David Mortimer told Judge Kelly Cottrill during sentencing that Bishop’s recreational drug use led him to a downward spiral.

“His decision has turned into a nightmare for him,” said Mortimer.

Mortimer explained that Bishop, 39, understands the seriousness of his crime and is taking the necessary steps to complete drug treatment.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Litle noted Bishop’s clean record and the business he had previously been operating successfully in the community.

“I’m just hopeful that he can be given the tools to make a choice to not be in this situation,” said Litle.

However, the prosecutor pointed out Bishop’s drug use was not recreational. Litle said the defendant was a drug user participating in the black market.

Referring to Bishop’s failed drug test while out on bond, Litle said Bishop already used his “one mess up.”

“It’s ruined my life,” Bishop told Cottrill. “I lost my wife, my child, my business … everything.”

Bishop told the judge he wants to get healthy and see his family.

“After everything is done, I’ll never touch it again,” said Bishop.

Cottrill explained to Bishop that he must first recognize his own addiction before any changes can be made.

“Everybody wants to see you be clean and sober and reacquire your life,” said Cottrill.

Bishop was sentenced to three years of community control with requirements of drug treatment and public service for his fifth-degree felony charge of possession of cocaine.

“Mr. Bishop, you’ve been a positive contributor to society, and you haven’t been a positive contributor to society,” said Cottrill. “You have to get back to where you can positively contribute to the community.”

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  1. Patricia Gaiters on April 15th, 2019 10:15 am

    I honestly feel sorry for him and blame the devil. It’s a drug that takes your life down to hell. I’m 10 yrs clean from crack cocaine and want Mr. Bishop to get clean and attend meetings and do good in life! That drug means you no good. Get your family back and make amends to them. I see good in you by looking at you standing there. In Name Of Jesus Pray to God for help and ask your family for forgiveness!! Go to meetings church is first and foremost. Mr. Bishop please get clean stay clean. As a former

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