TROY – A former Piqua man who fled the state after pleading to a drug charge in 2005 was sentenced Monday by a Miami County judge who said he ordered community control only because the man turned himself in earlier this year.
Kim Rahming, also known as Kevin Braxton, 53, will be allowed to serve the two years of supervision from the state of Georgia, where he now resides.
He was arrested in Troy in March 2005 on a felony possession of cocaine charge and later pleaded guilty. He failed to appear for his sentencing in May 2005 and a warrant for his arrest was issued, according to court records.
Public defender Joe Fulker told Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee that Rahming fled the state before sentencing “and apologizes to the court for that conduct.”
Rahming subsequently was convicted in Georgia in 2007 for aggravated burglary and aggravated assault and served time in prison until release in 2015. He said he tried to resolve any pending issues in Ohio while in prison but was told by officials in Georgia there were no concerns.
Now working for a trucking company, Rahming became aware of the Ohio warrant for his arrest for failure to appear while arranging a work-related trip. He drove to Ohio in January and turned himself in to the sheriff’s office, Gee was told.
Rahming said he now is a “law-abiding, taxpaying citizen.”
Gee ordered him to serve two years of community control and to pay court costs. Gee told Rahming the only reason he was given community control was because he turned himself in. If he violates conditions of the community control, he could face up to a year in prison.