A local man has been given a nine-year jail sentence, with 12 additional years of probation after that, for selling cocaine.
Donta Lamar Weir, 30, was handed the sentence Wednesday by Judge Bart Stanley in Circuit Court. Weir, a former WCHS basketball star, entered guilty pleas to two counts of delivery of cocaine and one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
He was fined a total of $22,000.
The charges come for incidents which took place between March and May of 2019, just months after Weir was at a home on Lind Street which was the target of a home invasion robbery in January 2019. The home was selected by two robbers, according to TBI agent Derrin Shockey, because of drugs and money believed to be inside.
Weir wrestled with the gunman, according to agent Shockey, and that struggle may have contributed to the magazine falling out of the gun and causing the robbers to flee.
“They had gone there for the purpose of robbing whoever was in that house of drugs, money, or both,” Shockey testified.
No one at the house was charged with illegal activity in relation to the home invasion.
According to grand jury indictments, Weir was charged with delivering 0.5 grams or more of cocaine on March 28, April 4, and May 8 of 2019, with two of those counts occurring in a school zone. Those charges are Class B felonies.
Also in 2019, Weir was charged with delivery of a controlled substance on April 9, a Class E felony. He was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver on May 8, a Class B felony.
Two of the counts were dismissed as a result of Weir’s plea deal. The enhancing factor of delivery in a school zone was also dropped as part of the plea arrangement.
Weir has been in jail since his arrest on Oct. 7, 2019 and will be credited with all that time toward his sentence. Inmates typically only serve about one-third of their time for state sentences as Range 1 offenders, meaning Weir has already served roughly half of his expected jail time.