A judge has sentenced a Hollywood man to serve eight years in prison from his guilty plea to a felony heroin charge, at a hearing where he also received a suspended five-year sentence for an offense of child neglect.
The toddler’s crying video call last January to his mother that his father, 36-year-old Brandon Michael Gohl, was unconscious behind the wheel of a pickup truck led to a police search for the vehicle, court papers state, and Gohl’s eventual arrest on the charge of the possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.
Gohl, his adult passenger and the 2-year-old boy all “were passed out” when law officers located them at a roadway in Lexington Park, St. Mary’s Circuit Judge David W. Densford noted this month during Gohl’s plea hearing.
“Dad was in no position to help” the child, the judge said. “I don’t know how close you came to killing this child, but you were in no position to keep it from happening.”
Maryland State Police were trying to find the source location of the disrupted phone signal when a “find my iPhone” application guided the law officers to the red Ford F-150 truck, court papers state, and to the boy found curled up on a rear passenger floorboard, behind the two men in the truck’s front seats who soon regained consciousness. A search of Gohl’s clothing and the truck found 23 capsules of suspected heroin, the court papers state, along with about 2 pounds of suspected marijuana and $1,172.
“The heat was on full blast” in the truck, St. Mary’s Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling said at the plea hearing.
Gohl said of his struggles with drug addiction, “I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I couldn’t stop it. It almost led to me dying. I’m better than that.”
Densford later said, “You’re going to get your act together, in prison.”