Andrew Kendall, who was recently convicted on several drug charges and is still awaiting trial on a charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity for which he is alleged by prosecution to have been heavily involved in the local drug trade, will appeal his recent Williams County convictions in the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals.
Kendall, 39, of Bryan, is tentatively set to serve at least 11 years in prison, and as many as 14, under new, more flexible felony sentencing law, after being sentenced on five drug-related charges in the Williams County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 12. Kendall is also slated to be subject to three years of post-release control.
In early October, Kendall was found guilty of three felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of drug trafficking and one felony count of conveyance of a controlled substance into a correctional facility, each dating back to two separate incidents in March and the circumstances of his eventual arrest in May.
In March, Kendall fled Bryan police, who then found meth in a vehicle he was alleged to have been driving.
That incident, alongside an encounter with Bryan police earlier that month, when Kendall was found in the same vehicle and was released after questioning, yielded an additional small quantity of meth and recovery of numerous items potentially used in drug trafficking, including numerous one-inch bags and scales, as well as text messages and photos downloaded from his recovered phone concerning drug sales, and folded stacks of $100 that were within his wallet upon his ultimate arrest in May in Williams Center.
Numerous personal use drug paraphernalia items were also recovered.
Kendall eluded authorities for a time but was arrested in May, when he was found to have a small, but “usable” amount of meth in a baggy on his person upon his entry to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.
Prior to Kendall’s sentencing, Williams County Court of Common Pleas Judge JT Stelzer indicated Kendall had been charged (but not necessarily convicted) 130 times dating back to his youth.
Charges previously brought against Kendall in Williams County Common Pleas Court include trafficking of cocaine, felonious assault, burglary (pleaded down to criminal trespass), non-support of dependents, violation of a protection order, drug possession and theft of a motor vehicle. Previous charges against him in Bryan Municipal Court include menacing, intimidation, numerous assaults, harassment, criminal mischief, possession of drugs, domestic violence, OVI, fugitive from justice and resisting arrest.
Karin Coble was appointed Kendall’s attorney for the appeal process.