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Heroin defendant who overdosed on Norwalk street is sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Oct 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM

A Norwalk man was sentenced to eight months in prison Tuesday for a heroin-related overdose in the city.

Jason R. Raymond, 32, most recently of 88 S. Linwood Ave., pleaded guilty to possession of heroin.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway followed the joint recommendation between the state and public defender and then sentenced Raymond to an eight-month prison term. The defendant, whose driver's license was suspended for six months, must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the state generously had offered to recommend some form of probation, which could include local jail time. However, he said Raymond is on probation through Lorain County, but authorities there made it clear this was the defendant's absolute last chance.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler shared the circumstances of the May 27 incident.

Police and North Central EMS responded to the report of an overdose in front of a city business.

"Hypodermic needles were found protruding out of the defendant's pockets," Leffler said.

First-responders found Raymond passed out, face down and "foaming at the mouth ... in the streets of Norwalk," Leffler said.

"The defendant has a long history of problems in the area. He was a good kid growing up, but for some reason, has decided to go down this path," the prosecutor said.

"This is his fifth felony conviction," added Leffler, who said he hopes Raymond will get a handle on his heroin addiction.

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