Dylan T.K. Mundy could have faced four to six months in a locked-down substance abuse treatment facility.
Instead, the 21-year-old Omega Road, Greenwich, man told the judge he'd prefer to spend six months in prison. That's the minimum time Mundy could have faced for his trafficking in heroin conviction.
"He advised me he wouldn't do well on supervised probation," David Longo, interim Huron County public defender, told the court. "Normally, my job is to keep clients out of prison."
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said he originally thought time in a community-based corrections facility would be appropriate for Mundy.
However, before Wednesday's sentencing hearing, the judge said he was told by Longo that Mundy "wouldn't do well" on probation and he didn't want to be under community control sanctions.
As part of a joint recommendation between Longo and Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff, Mundy agreed to forfeit $526 in cash and a handgun that was seized during a heroin investigation.
"I think the sale and the firearm were separate. ... It was in there (but wasn't) part of the execution of the search warrant," Woodruff said.
Longo agreed, saying the firearm was in the apartment, but wasn't used when Norwalk police used the warrant. Mundy was outlawed from owning, possessing or touching the weapon because of a 2009 trafficking in marijuana conviction.
Mundy was arrested Sept. 5 at a Norwalk apartment where he was living at the time after Detective Sgts. Seth Fry and Jim Fulton used a warrant related to the sale of heroin. The investigation started four days earlier.
The detectives seized the handgun, a marijuana pipe, syringe, a used heroin balloon, some new balloons, a small piece of aluminum suspected of being used to store heroin and $526 in cash. Fry has said he also found marijuana-related growing lights inside a closet in the efficiency apartment.
On Jan. 6, Mundy pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin in exchange for prosecutors agreeing to dismiss one count of possession of weapons under disability.
Also Wednesday, Mundy was fined $250 and ordered to reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.