After receiving the advice to do what his prominent grandfather would want him to do, Gerald Rose, Jr., was handcuffed in Lucas County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday for a stay in jail.
Rose, 22, of 2505 Briar Lane was sentenced to three years community control, including six months at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio followed by six months in work release. He had pleaded guilty last month to attempted aggravated trafficking in drugs after being found in possession of drugs when stopped by police.
Judge Myron Duhart told Rose that he knew his family, including his grandfather, the Rev. Floyd Rose, a longtime civil rights activist who preached against violence. Rose’s father, Gerald Rose, Sr., formed the Atlanta-based New Order National Human Rights Organization, a civil rights group.
The judge said he believed that Rose was trying to use his name to get a pass.
“Your grandfather was involved in this community a great deal,” Judge Duhart told Rose. “… You believe that because your name is what it is, you can get away with whatever you want. It doesn’t work like that.”
Rose admitted during his Sept. 25 plea hearing that he was driving a car near North Detroit and Dura avenues April 17 when he was pulled over after almost colliding with a police car.
Found in the vehicle were two false-bottomed containers with 18 Ecstasy pills.
Rose, who has a felony conviction in Georgia, was on probation at the time of the incident in Toledo Municipal Court for a misdemeanor menacing charge.
Saying that he was working toward his GED and helping to raise his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son, Rose told Judge Duhart he is “just trying to do better.”
Assistant County Prosecutor Matthew Simko pointed out that this was Rose’s third felony conviction, which included multiple gun violations, and that in the time since he was arrested with the drugs, he was charged and convicted in Toledo Municipal Court with inciting violence during an August incident in which his brother, Corey Dotson, 27, was shot in the abdomen.
Rose entered a plea to the misdemeanor and was placed on probation.
Judge Duhart said Rose’s record indicated that he didn’t “get it.”
He said he hoped time behind bars would give Rose time to think.
In addition to jail time, Rose was ordered to be screened for mental conditions, undergo anger management, and earn his GED. The judge noted that if he violates his community control, Rose could be sentenced to prison for 18 months.
“You’ve got decisions to make. I’m going to give you time to do that,” the judge said.
“You’re not going to walk out of this courtroom. If you thought you were, you were mistaken.”
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