Weirton man gets prison time

WHEELING – Ohio County Circuit Judge James Mazzone sentenced Joshua Flati to four to 30 years in prison Tuesday for selling synthetic marijuana to undercover police and heroin to a civilian working for law enforcement.

An Ohio County grand jury indicted Flati, 26, of Weirton in January on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of conspiracy. He pleaded guilty to all of those counts Tuesday prior to sentencing by Mazzone.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the state agreed not to file recidivism action against Flati, who pleaded guilty to felony charges for the third time Tuesday. Additionally, the state dismissed two felonies pending against Flati in Ohio County Magistrate Court.

According to Ohio County Assistant Prosecutor Mike Olejasz, an undercover West Virginia State Police trooper purchased synthetic marijuana from Flati at the North Park apartment of his co-defendant, Anthony DeCollo. A confidential informant working for the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force also purchased heroin from Flati in Center Wheeling, Olejasz told the judge.

Hancock County Judge Larry Starcher ordered the sentence that Mazzone handed down Tuesday to run concurrent with a two- to 15-year sentence Starcher gave Flati for a previous burglary conviction.

DeCollo pleaded guilty earlier this month and was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison.