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Cocaine defendant asks judge for forgiveness, gets released from jail

Cary Ashby • Jan 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

The cocaine defendant asked the judge on Tuesday for forgiveness for the crimes she committed.

"I will never do this again," defendant Elda E. Lopez told the court through an interpreter.

Lopez, 51, of 103 Jefferson St., Lot 57, pleaded guilty in mid-December to obstruction of official business, a second-degree misdemeanor, and possession of cocaine. The felony drug incident was for a July 28 incident.

"She's been forthright and contrite," said her defense attorney, Rhys Cartwright-Jones, who also said he believes his client acted out of desperation. "She's thoroughly sorry."

Lopez served 180 days in the Huron County Jail as of Tuesday's hearing, so Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway released Lopez from custody.

"That's the maximum amount the court could impose, given the circumstances," the judge said.

Lopez, who earlier paid a $2,000 fine with the court, must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $80 to cover the cost of drug testing. Conway also ruled Lopez's six-month driver's license suspension would be imposed from the time of her arrest. As part of her three years of probation, Lopez must undergo random drug screens.

Although the judge released Lopez from custody after Tuesday's hearing, Conway said it's possible there's an immigration-related holder on the defendant and she could be deported.

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