Drug defendants plead innocent

Cary Ashby • Jul 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Two drug defendants received trial dates Monday for their unrelated suspected offenses.

Shane J. Nicholas, 23, of 2850 Zenobia Road, has an Oct. 3 trial scheduled in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with one count of possession of heroin in connection with an April 11 incident.

Also arraigned Monday was Jessica R. Pannell, 36, of 5245 Ohio 113, Bellevue. She goes to trial Sept. 17 on one count of possession of Clonazepam in connection with a Dec. 20 incident.

You do have a prior felony record — is that correct?,” Judge Jim Conway asked her.

“Yes,” said Pannell, who in August 2010  was sentenced to 22 months in prison for two counts of trafficking in crack cocaine.

“She was served with (her indictment) a few minutes ago. She read about her arraignment online,” Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

After spending one year behind bars, Pannell was released early and admitted into a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Huron County Jail records indicate she violated the terms of her judicial release by testing positive for opiates.

Both defendants are out on bond and subject to random drug screens. Their fifth-degree felonies are punishable by six to 12 months behind bars.

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