Woman gets maximum time for heroin crime

Cary Ashby • Dec 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

A former Willard woman was convicted of a drug offense Monday and then sentenced to the maximum time in prison.

Katie E. Hall, 21, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin in connection with a Feb. 21 traffic stop in Wakeman. As part of a plea deal, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the state wouldn't prosecute her on a failure to appear charge for not coming to the county courthouse for a mid-September pretrial hearing.

Once the guilty plea was over Monday, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentenced Hall to one year in prison -- the joint recommendation of Leffler and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

Hall was with some family members during the Feb. 21 traffic stop by the Wakeman Police Department. Leffler said an officer found a small amount of heroin on a plate during a search of the vehicle.

"Miss Hall was very cooperative with the police," the prosecutor told the court.

Leffler said he hopes that after spending one year in prison, Hall will have a chance of being sober since she hasn't been willing to go to treatment.

"We hope she eventually puts this drug business behind her. It's been difficult for her," said Leffler, who described Hall as "a bright young woman."

Hall has previous convictions for theft and trafficking in drugs. She declined to speak to the judge Monday.

On July 30, Hall failed to report to the adult probation department after her arraignment and the court issued a warrant for her arrest. She was out on a $10,000 bond. Conway issued another warrant for Hall's arrest after she failed to attend a mid-September pretrial hearing.

On June 18 -- when Hall was eight months pregnant, Wakeman officers were called to Mentor, where police there conducted a traffic stop and discovered Hall was wanted on a Wakeman warrant in connection with earlier possessing heroin paraphernalia. She later was medically cleared from Fisher-Titus Medical Center and released.

Hall, in January 2011, was sentenced to nine months in prison for selling heroin to a confidential informant and violating her probation from a theft of checks conviction.

In addition to the current prison term, Hall must pay $40 in restitution to police to cover the cost of drug testing.

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