Local man blows probation, gets sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Feb 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A convicted drug dealer was sentenced to prison Monday for several probation violations, including a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction.

Jeffrey A. Willard, 24, of 100 S. Main St., Lot 12, North Fairfield, received a 10-month prison term for violating the terms of his intense probation. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway followed the joint recommendation of Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper and Huron County Public Defender David Longo. The judge credited Willard with being behind bars for 217 days over the course of his case.

The former Norwalk resident was convicted of DUI, driving without a license and a seatbelt violation through Norwalk Municipal Court on Dec. 24. The charges cover a traffic stop the previous day by the state Highway Patrol.

Willard's probation officer told Conway that Willard had been discharged from a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) Dec. 22 after successfully completing the program. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

At Monday's hearing, Willard also admitted to consuming Percocet on Dec. 23 and associating with a known felon in January. He also didn't report for his probation office visits three times between Oct. 18 and Dec. 11 and didn't make payments on his fines, court costs and supervision fees.

On March 22, Conway placed Willard on three years of intense probation for a trafficking in hydrocodone conviction. The Norwalk Police Department investigated the Feb. 11, 2011 offense.

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