Man imprisoned for attempted felonious assault

Cary Ashby • Apr 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM

An area man received a 30-month prison sentence for attempted felonious assault Friday.

William M. Ashton Jr., 50, formerly of North Canton, pleaded guilty to the amended third-degree felony Feb. 1. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count each of felonious assault and domestic violence.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office investigated the Sept. 20, 2017 incident.

In addition to his prison sentence, Ashton was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution.

In a separate Huron County Common Pleas Court hearing, Brian D. Cowley Jr., 28, formerly of 56 Jefferson St., Lot 16, pleaded guilty Friday to one count each of aggravated possession of methamphetamine and aggravated trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound. The possession incident happened Dec. 7 while the controlled drug buy was Oct. 3, according to court records.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Cowley then was sentenced to 12 months in prison. Judge Jim Conway also ordered him to reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $180 for drug testing. Officers booked him into the jail Jan. 11 and Cowley was unable to post bond since his arrest.

He was eligible to receive a prison sentence due to a 2016 local conviction for trafficking in heroin. Court records indicate Cowley violated his probation and was ordered to serve a four- to six-month term in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

In October, related to the same case, Cowley received a 60-day jail sentence for a probation violation, according to court records. He then was unsuccessfully terminated from probation supervision.

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