Norwalk woman gets her wish

Cary Ashby • Jun 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A Norwalk woman who went to prison for bringing a prescribed "mood stabilizer" into the Huron County Jail has been granted early release.

Megan L. Derby, 26, started serving a two-year prison term at the Northeast Pre-release Center on Sept. 12.

"The report was good that you've done well," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told her Monday.

"It appears Megan was a model prisoner," who took advantage of every educational opportunity in prison, Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

The court released Derby from prison Monday. Conway ordered her to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"You did do well at a CBCF previously," said Conway, who hopes Derby "will turn the corner" this time.

Derby has three prior felony convictions. Her extensive criminal record goes back 10 years when she was a juvenile and includes many drug-related charges and assault charges.

"I trust this is the last time you'll be in here," Conway told her Monday.

"Yes," Derby said with a pleasant smile.

In mid-July, she pleaded guilty to illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility. The conviction is for an April 21, 2012 incident when Derby turned herself in for a three-day sentence for a Norwalk Municipal Court probation violation.

While under surveillance at the jail, Derby started breathing abnormally and "her condition seemed to deteriorate," a prosecutor said earlier. Derby was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Corrections officers looked through the woman's clothes at the hospital and found 11 grams of a prescribed mood-stabilizing drug.

Once Derby is released from the CBCF, she will be on three years of intense probation. She must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office to cover the cost of drug testing.

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