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Heroin dealer sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Feb 6, 2013 at 11:01 PM

A rural Norwalk man with a lengthy history of recent drug convictions was sentenced Monday to one year in prison for selling .04 grams of heroin to a confidential informant.

Daniel L. Skodny, 29, of 4281 Laylin Road, received the maximum time -- part of a joint recommendation between prosecutors and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

Skodny pleaded guilty Monday to one count of trafficking in heroin for a Nov. 10 incident. The Norwalk Police Department coordinated the controlled drug buy.

As part of a plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss a second trafficking charge in connection with a Nov. 11 buy. Also, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the state agreed not to pursue a probation violation from another felony case. Skodny already had been on probation for dealing cocaine when he was indicted in December on the heroin charges, both fifth-degree felonies.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway asked Skodny about his drug addiction.

"I'm addicted to heroin. I have been for years," said the defendant, who has a "couple grams a day" habit.

Skodny, who has been in jail since Dec. 7, will have that time credited toward his prison term. He also must pay $80 in restitution to cover the cost of drug testing.

The defendant could have his sentence reduced by 20 percent if he successfully completes the drug treatment program while in prison.

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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