Woman convicted of drug charge

Cary Ashby • Oct 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A New Washington woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to having medication to treat seizures or a panic disorder during a Willard traffic stop.

Stevie N. Hawley, 26, was convicted of possession of clonazepam, a fifth-degree felony, which is punishable by six to 12 months behind bars. As part of a plea deal, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the state will recommend "a community control sanction of some form," which could include a sentence in the Huron County Jail.

Hawley has an earlier felony conviction through Huron County. In March 2008, she was fined $250 as part of her three years of probation for one count each of tampering with evidence and possession of heroin, according to court records. Defendants convicted of fourth- and fifth-degree felonies can be sentenced to prison only if they have a prior felony conviction.

The Willard Police Department stopped Hawley on the suspicion of driving under the influence Nov. 27. Leffler said officers searched the vehicle and found several pills, many of which were in prescription bottles.

"She was cooperative with police," the prosecutor added.

When Hawley was arraigned in early August, Huron County Public Defender David Longo said a grand jury didn't indict Hawley on more charges because she had a prescription for the other two unspecified substances.

Hawley, who will be sentenced Dec. 11, earlier posted a $15,000 bond. She is subject to random drug screens.

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