Overdose victim guilty of felony for having heroin spoon

Cary Ashby • Apr 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM

A Norwalk woman remains out on bond after pleading guilty to possessing heroin during her overdose.

Lisa M. Moore, 41, of 13 1/2 Bouscay Ave., is subject to random drug screens as a condition of her bail. She pleaded guilty Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court and will be sentenced May 18.

Huron County Prosecutor Daivia Kasper, who requested to have Moore’s bond revoked, said she plans to recommend the woman go to a community-based corrections facility. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

In response to the state’s request, Huron County Public Defender David Longo said if Moore remained in jail until her sentencing hearing, she wouldn’t have a lot of time hanging over her head during probation once she’s released from a CBCF.

Moore told Judge Jim Conway she has a previous felony conviction, but she didn’t elaborate. That means Moore technically is eligible for a prison sentence on possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

The Norwalk Police Department responded to a narcotics overdose in an apartment Nov. 5. Upon arrival, officers were informed Moore was in the bathroom.

“She was unconscious. Her face was blue,” Kasper said Tuesday in court.

Someone had to kick in the door to access Moore, who by then was conscious and later admitted to using heroin. While being moved from the bathroom, Moore attempted to hide a hypodermic needle containing some brown liquid and spoon with heroin residue from officers, Kasper said. 

“She refused treatment of North Central EMS,” the prosecutor added.

Police had the residue on the spoon tested, which was positive for heroin.

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