Cocaine possession defendant released early from prison

Cary Ashby • Jul 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A man who went to prison in the spring for a cocaine-related traffic stop has been released early.

In early March, Kyle F. Walters, 32, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for a July 6 traffic stop. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said prosecutors at the time didn't have any objection to releasing Walters early from prison after 90 days of incarceration. The judge, also during last week's brief hearing, said he didn't object.

Walters now is on three years of intense probation. The judge fined him $5,000 and ruled that amount would be reduced by $1,652, which was seized during the stop by the Monroeville Police Department and Huron County Sheriff's Office. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin wasn't in uniform, so he called police to help make the stop.

The stop happened at the intersection of Ohio 99 and Fulton Street intersection when authorities found Walters with between 10 and 20 grams of cocaine.

In late February, Walters agreed to plead guilty to possession of cocaine, forfeit the 2004 Ford Lincoln he was driving and the $652 found in the vehicle.

Defense attorney William Meeks, in March, said Walters attended substance abuse counseling sessions and wanted to be "given the opportunity to show that he is willing to make the changes."

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