Norwalk heroin dealer given 'last-chance opportunity'
Jun 5, 2013 at 9:07 PM
The state recommended a prison sentence and probation revocation for the woman who violated her community control sanctions. Her defense attorney argued it wasn’t justified and said her original convictions “are her only felonies.”
Amy L. Lykins, 30, of 140 Concord Court, had been incarcerated for about 18 months until Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway released on her on a personal recognizance bond Monday.
Hanging over her head is a 60-day jail sentence, which Lykins’ probation officer can impose at any time without a hearing.
“She’ll be the keeper of the keys. … It’s clearly a last-chance opportunity,” Conway told Lykins.
The defendant will remain on probation for two separate convictions — trafficking in heroin and attempted tampering with evidence.
Lykins was about five days from successfully completing the four- to sixmonth program in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) when she was kicked out May 7 for “verbal aggression.” She talked about the incident, which happened in the yard of the CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
Lykins said she and another female CBCF client had a disagreement “across the field,” which involved mutual name-calling, but no physical confrontation. She said she and the woman later talked about the situation, realized what they did was stupid and they shouldn’t act like that.
“We decided it was stupid and we talked about it,” said Lykins, who also said she had resolved the situation with the woman before a CBCF supervisor wrote her up.
When addressing the argument, Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Lykins and the woman resolved the situation peacefully without any intervention, but his client was “the only one who got terminated for it.” Longo also told the court that although defendants have to follow the policies at CBCFs, officials and their guidelines don’t seem to consider their clients are criminals and are in the facility for treatment.
While at the CBCF, Lykins completed her GED classes and an anger management course and attended counseling sessions. She spent 175 days at the treatment facility. Conway, in making his decision to release Lykins, said it’s obvious she has received “the majority of benefit” she could at the CBCF.
“I have come a long way. I’ve been clean for a year,” said Lykins, who told the judge she hasn’t had the chance to prove herself while being supervised on probation.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Lykins “remains at a high risk to re-offend” and recommended an unspecified prison term.
On Aug. 29, Lykins pleaded guilty to attempting to dispose of heroin in her possession and later was ordered to the CBCF. After a June 11 hearing, she went to Cleveland to get some drugs, a prosecutor said. Lykins was out on bond on a heroin case when she committed the tampering offense.
She was fined $500 and ordered to pay $40 in restitution each to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office and Norwalk Police Department.