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Convicted heroin dealer pleads guilty, set free from jail

Cary Ashby • Nov 5, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A Norwalk man who pleaded guilty Monday to selling heroin has been released from the Huron County Jail.

James C. Bogard III, 24, of 147 N. West St., will be sentenced Dec. 18 on one count of trafficking in heroin. The conviction is for a Nov. 30 incident involving a confidential informant.

"It was a controlled drug purchase," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.

Authorities in Mansfield tested the heroin.

As part of a plea deal Monday, the state agreed to dismiss two counts of trafficking in heroin in connection with incidents on Aug. 14 and 17.

Bogard had been unable to post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond. Huron County Public Defender David Longo requested the court consider lowering the defendant's bond since he now only faces one charge, had been in the Huron County Jail for several months and appeared to have a line on a job.

Judge Jim Conway ordered Bogard to be released on a personal recognizance bond and told him he takes defendants' employment status into consideration when they are sentenced. A PR bond means Bogard signed a court document, promising he would appear for his sentencing hearing without having to post any money.

Bogard is subject to random drug screens.

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