Defendant spoils 'second chance' on probation

Cary Ashby • Aug 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

So much for that "second chance" and "wake-up call" she got earlier this month.

Justina M. Hall, 26, of Willard, was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday for violating her probation.

The former Norwalk resident admitted to several violations. Those offenses included a July 23 positive drug test for opiates, failing to report for probation office visits in late June and early July and failing to report to Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services as part of her post-residential program June 6.

In late July, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway revoked Hall's bond when she admitted there was probable cause for violating her probation. She remained in custody at the Huron County Jail until an Aug. 19 hearing when the judge released her on "a second chance" and said he thought her time behind bars would be a sufficient "wake-up call."

"This is a second chance. You're not off the hook," Conway told her.

During Tuesday's hearing, probation officer Andrea Cooke gave the judge a brief update on what happened to Hall after she was released on a personal recognizance bond.

"She totaled her vehicle," Cooke said about an Aug. 22 incident that happened about 12:30 a.m.

Hall also had been associating with a known felon, the probation officer added.

A heroin-related case is why Hall was on three years of intensely supervised probation.

In October, she pleaded guilty to attempted tampering with evidence. A passing driver reported seeing Hall sitting on the steps of a Milan Avenue office with a syringe to her arm Sept. 1. Prosecutors said Norwalk police later found Hall intoxicated and she attempted to swallow some pills when an officer discovered her purse.

On May 21, Hall successfully completed the program at the Worth Center, a substance abuse treatment center.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Tuesday there are "no further community control (sanctions) available" for Hall, so she recommended the prison term and revoking Hall's probation.

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