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Man already on probation for dealing cocaine gets indicted for allegedly selling heroin

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Dec 17, 2012 at 3:32 PM

A rural Norwalk man with a lengthy history of recent drug convictions has been indicted by a Huron County grand jury, accused of selling heroin.

Daniel Skodny, 29, of 4281 Laylin Road, was indicted on two counts of trafficking in heroin. Each of the fifth-degree felonies is punishable by six to 12 months behind bars and a $2,500 fine.

Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said the Norwalk Police Department coordinated two controlled drug buys that reportedly involved two doses of heroin each time on Jefferson Street. The suspected offenses happened Nov. 10 and 11. Skodny was arrested and transported to the Huron County Jail.

In early October 2011, Skodny was ordered to spend up to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. He is on three years of probation for a cocaine trafficking conviction through Huron County Common Pleas Court.

When being sentenced for selling cocaine, Skodny told Judge Jim Conway that he didn't want "anything to do with anybody who has anything to do with drugs" and claimed "I did what I did to support my kids," referring to his children, who were then 4 and 6. "I've gotten away from drugs," he added.

Skodny earned notoriety for a highly-publicized shaken-baby case from several years ago. He pleaded no contest to attempted child endangering in exchange for prosecutors dropping the more serious felony charges of felonious assault and child endangering. Skodny was sentenced to one year of probation with no jail time.

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