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Drug manufacturer sentenced to 12 years in prison

Cary Ashby • Sep 8, 2018 at 10:00 PM

A local man who previously served time in prison for a heroin offense and a separate robbery was sentenced Friday to more than a decade behind bars for another drug-related crime.

Jeremiah M. Bennett, 36, formerly of 2708 Hartland Center Road, Collins, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of the illegal manufacturing of drugs.

In exchange for the conviction on the second-degree felonies, prosecutors dismissed two similar charges and one count each of attempted illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, possessing drug abuse instruments, carrying a concealed weapon and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia. The Norwalk Police Department investigated the April 29 and May 10 incidents.

After accepting the defendant’s plea deal, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway then sentenced Bennett to 12 years in prison and fined him $15,000.

This isn’t Bennett’s first prison term.

In August 2014, he pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, which also constituted a parole violation. Bennett received an 18-month prison sentence — nine months for the post-release control offense followed by another nine months for the heroin conviction.

On May 15, 2014, police used a search warrant and found 0.1 gram of heroin when a parole officer made a home visit, attorneys said.

Before that, in mid-January 2012, Bennett received a two-year prison sentence for a Nov. 14, 2011 robbery. He was convicted of entering a North Prospect Street house and attempting to rob a woman who lived there. As part of an earlier plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a burglary charge and also agreed not to pursue charges in connection with Bennett taking stolen material to a Cleveland pawn shop.

In addition, Bennett has local felony convictions for possession of drugs (2004) and attempted possession of heroin (2011).

In others case this week: 

• Austin A. Bledsoe, 21, formerly of 111 Flat Rock Road, Lot 29, Bellevue, was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison for abduction. In mid-July, he pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony in exchange for the dismissal of two counts of rape and one charge of sexual battery. The Huron County Sheriff’s Office investigated the Nov. 8 suspected sex offenses.

• Jason E. Copsey, 43, most recently of 653 Conwell Ave., Willard, was fined $250 Thursday for failure to register his change of identifiers. Also as part of his three years of probation, he has a 90-day discretionary jail sentence hanging over his head. Copsey’s probation officer has the option of when to impose part or all of the time without a hearing.

Copsey is a convicted Tier III sex offender, meaning he must register his address in person every 180 days for the rest of his life. In April 2011, he received a five-year prison sentence for molesting a girl who was 13 years old at the time. His conviction was sexual battery.

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