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Heroin dealer with lengthy record gets prison term

Cary Ashby • Oct 4, 2012 at 3:16 PM

A Willard man who sold heroin was sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday.

However, Joseph P. Hersha, 34, of 2394 Egypt Road, could be released after serving 80 percent of his term if he participates in the prison system's substance abuse program.

"I think it would be good for you to get immediate treatment," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told him.

Citing the seriousness of heroin-related crimes in the county, Conway noted that Hersha has been on probation many times.

"As much as 20 times," the judge said.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler had recommended Hersha spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"He's got a serious drug problem and is willing to do something about it," Leffler said.

In August, Hersha pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in heroin in exchange for the state dropping a charge of selling prescription pills. The heroin charge is for a Jan. 2 incident.

Hersha has been in the Huron County Jail for more than 2 1/2 months, which the judge credited toward his prison term. Hersha, who has been to prison earlier, had his driver's license suspended for six months. He also must pay $80 in restitution to the Huron County Sheriff's Office to cover the cost of drug testing.

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