Heroin dealer with long criminal history sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Mar 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM

A Willard woman with an extensive criminal record was sentenced to 11 months in prison Wednesday for trafficking in heroin.

Misty Hartschuh, 34, most recently of 202 Park St., has prior felony convictions in Ohio and Kentucky and been to prison for unspecified Kentucky crimes.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Hartschuh's criminal history is "mostly related to drugs."

"She just hasn't been able to lick this problem," Leffler said. "We just can't get through to her."

The prosecutor requested Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway give the woman a prison term with the option of being released into a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Defense attorney Curtis Koch agreed with the state's recommendation."I don't think we can give up on Misty. I think she's a good person with a bad problem," Koch said.

On Jan. 26, 2010, Hartschuh and a 27-year-old Mansfield man were arrested in the Willard area on an allegation they bringing heroin from Columbus to Willard. A drug investigator, at the time, said Hartschuh had about 12 balloons of heroin plus some Xanax and Vicodin in her possession. She was charged with tampering with evidence and trafficking in heroin.

Hartschuh requested a term in a CBCF, asking the judge for the tools to handle her drug addiction.

"My grandfather just passed away. I got through that (sober)," she said. "I am on four years of probation through Kentucky."

Conway approved Hartschuh to be a part of the risk reduction program in prison. That means if she completes the substance abuse program, she could be released after serving after 80 percent of her term.

Hartschuh, whose driver's license is suspended for six months and will be on parole for up to three years, must pay $40 in restitution to the Huron County Sheriff's Office to cover the cost of drug testing.

In January, she pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin.

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