Man in 'bad shape' faces 6-month suspended jail term for drug crime
Oct 16, 2013 at 9:07 PM
A North Fairfield man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a first-degree misdemeanor for attempting to forge his Percocet prescription.
Nicholas R. Music, 37, of 2182 S. Old State Road, faces a six-month suspended jail term if he violates the terms of his two years of probation. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted forgery.
As part of a plea deal, Huron County Public Defender David Longo agreed to withdraw his motion of Music to be considered for intervention instead of being convicted. The defendant originally was indicted on illegal processing of drug documents, a fourth-degree felony,
Music's conviction is for a Jan. 25 incident when the Norwalk Police Department received a call from a local pharmacy. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Music presented a forged prescription originally written by his doctor, which increased the prescription from 40 to 60 Percocet pills.
"The pharmacy called police. They also called the doctor's office," Kasper said. "The doctor had been trying to wean (Music) off such a high dosage (of pain medication). ... This was his prescription he forged."
Medically, Longo said his client is in "bad shape." He said Music has a "severe case of Krohn's," had several surgeries and also has epilepsy.
Music, who was fined $250 Tuesday, has no prior felonies and his misdemeanor record, which includes some traffic offenses and a marijuana-related case from 2004.