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Heroin possessor doesn't see himself 'returning to that lifestyle for any reason'

Cary Ashby • Oct 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

A Norwalk man who graduated from the Huron County Juvenile Court drug program was sentenced Wednesday for having heroin while hiding from police.

Keith S. Fox Jr., 27, of 208 E. Ohio 61, Apt. B, pleaded guilty in late August to possession of heroin.

As part of his three years of probation, he must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $40 for the cost of drug testing. Fox also was fined $250, had his driver's license suspended for six months and is subject to random drug screens.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway imposed a discretionary 90-day jail term Wednesday. That means Fox's probation officer could have the defendant serve that at his or her discretion or ask the court to have it waived if Fox does well on community control.

"I want to make sure you get active with (substance abuse) treatment," Conway told Fox.

On March 16, 2012, police caught Fox hiding behind a utility pole at the corner of Whittlesey Avenue and Washington Street. Huron County Prosecutor Leffler has said officers questioned the defendant, who was wanted on some Norwalk Municipal Court warrants for violating his probation and during a subsequent search, police found a syringe and heroin in Fox's possession.

Fox served two months in the Huron County Jail for the probation violation.

"I think those 60 days were a wake-up call," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said at Wednesday's sentencing hearing. "I'm not aware of him getting into any trouble after serving those 60 days.

"Mr. Fox has been working steadily. ... He's a good worker and they do like him," Longo added.

Fox, who said he's been sober since his 2012 arrest, was released from jail Oct. 3.

"I can't see returning to that lifestyle for any reason," the defendant said.

If Fox violates the terms of his probation, he faces one year in prison.

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