Jordin C. Duncan, 34, of Nevada, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs. The first-degree felonies are punishable by three to 11 years in prison.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed seven felonies: Three counts of corrupting another with drugs, another three charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of trafficking in heroin.
The convictions for involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs involve incidents that happened Aug. 8 and 9 in the vicinity of a school, according to Duncan’s indictment. Court and jail records indicate a Huron County grant jury issued a secret indictment Dec. 4 and Duncan was booked into the Huron County Jail on Nov. 12.
One of the reasons authorities may keep an indictment secret is they suspect the defendant might flee the area.
No information about the victim was available. The Willard Police Department investigated the case.
In a separate case, Bo Bogard, 33, most recently of 147 N. West St., was sentenced Wednesday to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) for one count each of aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of suboxone.
Also as part of his three years of probation, he was fined $500 and must pay a $90 reimbursement to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office for drug testing. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
Bogard was one of six adult Norwalk residents arrested Oct. 26 when the Norwalk Police Department and sheriff’s office used a search warrant at 5 Unity Lane. Both agencies are members of the METRICH Enforcement Unit, a 10-county drug task force. Authorities also arrested a 16-year-old girl in connection with violating her probation through Huron County Juvenile Court.
In other hearings:
• Craig M. Buffa, 46, of Cuyahoga Falls, was sentenced Thursday to a 90-day discretionary jail sentence and fined $500 for attempted improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle. Buffa’s probation officer can impose part or all of the time without a hearing during his three years of community control.
• Stephen D. Dunlap, 40, most recently of 102 N. Pleasant St., pleaded guilty Monday to failure to appear as required by a recognizance. He will be sentenced May 1. In a recognizance bond, a defendant signs a court document and promises to appear for future hearings without paying any money.
• Andrew M. Grose, 37, most recently of 41 W. Willard Ave., pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking and entering in exchange for the dismissal of a similar fifth-degree felony and one count of vandalism. He is out on a $5,000 bond and will be sentenced May 8.
• Kendra N. Hoskins, 28, most recently of Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to failure to provide her change of address. She has posted a $5,000 bond and will be sentenced May 8.
• Roy W. Hyden, 66, of Florence, Ky., was fined $1,000 Thursday and had his driver’s license suspended for one count each of attempted tampering with evidence and operating a motor vehicle under the influence. He also must pay a $35 reimbursement during his three years of probation. The judge sentenced him to 12 days in jail and an additional 90 days of discretionary time. Hyden’s convictions were for a July 21, 2017 offense.
• Jacob A. LeClair, 29, most recently of 124 Dale St., Apt. 4, Willard, was sentenced Wednesday to spend four to six months in a CBCF for two counts of trafficking in drugs. Also as part of his three years of probation, he was fined $500 and must pay a $70 reimbursement to Willard police for drug testing. LeClair, who has been in jail since Jan. 29, will remain in custody until he is transferred to a CBCF.
• Gregory A. Meade, 32, most recently of 117 N. West St., pleaded guilty Monday to attempt to commit a burglary, a fifth-degree felony, and two first-degree misdemeanors, aggravated menacing and assault. He has been in custody since his Jan. 4 arrest by Norwalk police and his sentencing date is May 2.
• Ryan D. Moore, 31, formerly of Sandusky, was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for attempted felonious assault. He also was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution. The incident happened Aug. 11. Prosecutors dismissed one count each of burglary and aggravated burglary during a Feb. 12 plea hearing.
• Jason R. Oney, 41, formerly of Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to having weapons while under disability. For that case and a separate count of trafficking in drugs in a school zone, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The controlled drug buy happened April 10, 2018 while the weapons incident happened Jan. 7. Also according to court records, Oney must pay a $45 reimbursement to Willard police for the “buy money” and forfeit an undisclosed weapon.
• Anthony D. Reed, 28, most recently of 2076 Hartland Center Road, Collins, was fined $500 Wednesday and must pay $350 in restitution for burglary. During his three years of probation, he faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence.