MILLERSBURG — A former Killbuck man who fled the state after being accused of selling a pound of marijuana in 2005 was sentenced to a year in prison.

David M. Hartman, 33, pleaded guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to possession of drugs and failure to appear. In exchange for his plea, the state agreed to dismiss the charge of trafficking in marijuana.

Following his plea, the court preceded to sentencing and imposed a jointly recommended sentence of one year.

Hartman was arrested in October 2005 after a buy-bust conducted by the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency, according to Holmes County Prosecutor Steve Knowling. It was alleged he and a codefendant, Paul Fehr, 27, sold a pound of marijuana for $2,200. When Hartman was searched, he was found in possession of hydrocodone.

Hartman was out on bond pending resolution of his case, which included an outstanding motion to suppress when he, despite being on electronically monitored house arrest, fled and failed to appear for a January 2006 court hearing, said Knowling.

In February 2006, Fehr was sentenced to a year in prison, and ordered to serve that term concurrent to a three-year sentence levied for aggravated possession of drugs.

On Feb. 28, Hartman was arrested in Montana on the outstanding warrant. He waived extradition and was returned via U.S. prisoner transport on March 20.

Reporter Christine L. Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or cpratt@the-daily-record.com.

By CHRISTINE L. PRATT Staff Writer Published: April 8, 2013 4:00AM