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Woman pleads guilty to heroin possession, gets no jail time

Cary Ashby • Aug 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A judge ruled Monday a rural Greenwich woman wasn't eligible for the court's substance abuse program and sentenced her to "straight probation."

Holly A. Goines, 48, of 975 Plymouth East Road, pleaded guilty Monday to possession of heroin. She was arrested Jan. 10 during an Ohio 61 traffic stop just south of Ohio 598 near New Haven.

Authorities found 0.10 grams of heroin in the woman's purse, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said. The Ohio Bureau of Investigation later tested the drug and confirmed it was heroin.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said he agreed to dismiss his motion for Goines to be considered for intervention in lieu of conviction since the state agreed to recommend "straight probation" for his client.

Citing a 1988 felony conviction, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said Goines wasn't considered a good candidate for the drug court program. Goines told him she didn't remember the conviction and no court officials indicated what the charge was during Monday's hearing.

As part of her three years of probation, Goines must undergo random drug screens. She also was fined $250 and had her driver's license suspended for six months. However, the judge ruled Goines could drive for the purpose of medical appointments, probation office visits, substance abuse counseling/treatment and employment.

In early June, Goines failed to appear for her final pre-trial hearing and Conway issued a warrant for her arrest. She had served two days in the Huron County Jail and posted a $5,000 bond.

If Goines violates the terms of her community control sanctions, she faces one year in prison.

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