Man blows violation, gets felony conviction

Cary Ashby • Dec 6, 2012 at 3:41 PM

A Collins man admitted to violating his probation because of some drug offenses and was placed in a locked-down treatment facility.

Joseph S. Wyatt, 30, of 2915 U.S. 20, Apt. E, admitted to being charged with possession of heroin in municipal court and testing positive for opiates and another drug. The possession charge stems from a Nov. 7 incident at a Huron County residence when probation officers were making home visits. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said officers caught Wyatt with drugs and a spoon with heroin residue and the defendant admitted to using heroin earlier.

Wyatt also failed to show up for probation office visits three times in October. He was kicked out of the treatment program at Firelands Counseling & Recovery Center because he violated the attendance policy.

As a result of the probation violations, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway kicked Wyatt off the intervention in lieu of conviction program at the request of the state and imposed an earlier possession of oxycodone conviction.

Wyatt's conviction is for an April 29, 2011 incident when officers used a warrant at a Norwalk apartment and seized 1.33 total grams of oxycodone and $227 in cash.

The judge ordered Wyatt to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility. Also as part of his three years of intense probation, he must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department and Huron County Sheriff's Office each $40 for the cost of drug testing and was fined $500.

This was the second time Wyatt violated his probation.

In late June, he served a 30-day sentence on the work release program at the Huron County Jail. Wyatt tested positive for three drugs and failed to report to his probation officer three times between March and May. If he violates the terms of his probation, Wyatt faces one year in prison on his two separate cases.

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