ELYRIA — An Elyria man was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison after being found guilty on drug and firearms charges in federal court.
Joey Wiseman Jr., 37, of George Street, was found guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon by a jury after a trial in June. On Wednesday, Wiseman was sentenced to 262 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent, according to court documents.
On Aug. 4, 2017, at his George Street home, Wiseman was sleeping on the couch when about 6 a.m. an armed intruder jumped through the window and attempted to rob Wiseman at gunpoint. Wiseman struggled with the robber, pulled out a Lorcin 9 mm pistol and fired at the robber, striking him several times, according to court documents.
After wounding the robber, Wiseman put the gun and a bag of cocaine in a safe in his GMC Yukon parked in the driveway.
Elyria police responded to the home, and the intruder was taken to the hospital where he eventually recovered from his wounds. Police took Wiseman in for questioning where he admitted to using his own personal firearm to defend himself against the robber, court documents said.
Wiseman told police he placed the gun inside the safe and later admitted to having drugs in the safe as well. Police obtained a search warrant and found the pistol, ammunition and 11 individually packaged baggies of cocaine weighing a total of 11.28 grams.
Wiseman has previous felony convictions for drug trafficking, possession, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, having weapons under disability and other charges from multiple cases through Lorain County Common Pleas Court that occurred over an 11-year period.
Information on the 16-year-old who was the suspect in the break-in was not available.