'Bright kid' on intervention program has convictions imposed and gets jail time

Cary Ashby • Jul 15, 2013 at 11:07 PM

A drug defendant told not to associate with his girlfriend and who had been in three treatment programs admitted to violating his probation Monday.

Jared S. Shepherd, 23, of 3291 E. Ohio 162, New London, admitted to three probation violations. Those included testing positive for opiates and his probation officer finding three syringes and a burned spoon in his vehicle April 10. Also,

Shepherd was discharged from the Glenbeigh drug treatment program June 3 for not following the behavior policy.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway, following a recommendation by the state, imposed convictions Monday for possession of heroin and possession of criminal tools for a Dec. 30, 2011 incident. The judge ruled Shepherd would be removed from the intervention-in-lieu-of conviction program and sentenced him to 180 days in the Huron County Jail.

“You’re a bright kid,” said Conway, who hoped Shepherd would be “a success story” with the intervention program.

Shepherd, credited with spending about 90 days in jail, will be unsuccessfully discharged from probation after his time behind bars. However, Conway warned the defendant if he doesn’t follow the jail rules, violates the law or doesn’t follow the orders of his probation officer, he still could face one year in prison.

Probation officer Dexter Chandler shared with the judge Shepherd’s history on probation, which started July 24 — which included his first positive test screen less than 30 days after that date.

Shepherd was on house arrest after being kicked out of Glenbeigh, he said, and every time he spent time with his girlfriend — a violation of Chandler’s no-association order — Shepherd used drugs or was involved in drug-related activities.

"He was given jail time,” Chandler added.

After Shepherd left Chandler’s office April 10, the defendant admitted to the Norwalk Police Department during a subsequent traffic stop he would test positive for opiates. His probation officer said Shepherd used heroin, which he and his girlfriend had bought in Lorain, and during the trip, a third person in the vehicle overdosed, but the couple didn’t report it until they returned to Huron County.

“Nothing is working,” Chandler said, citing two trips to Glenbeigh and time at Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper agreed, noting Shepherd’s “continued use of opiates” and not being successful on the intervention program.

Near the end of Monday’s hearing, Conway recommended Shepherd regularly attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. And while the judge said he has no control over Shepherd’s love life, Conway also told him he should stay away from his girlfriend once he’s out of jail.

Shepherd must pay the balance of a $40 reimbursement to police to cover the cost of drug testing. His driver’s license is suspended for six months.

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