Woman sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Jan 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM

A local woman pleaded guilty to an amended, theft-related drug charge Monday.

Brandy J. Belcher, 36, of 25H Gallup Ave., was convicted of attempted theft of drugs. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentenced Belcher to six months in prison -- a joint recommendation between the state and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

Belcher said "she wanted (to) work out a plea during the initial pretrial (hearing)," Longo told the judge.

The conviction is for a Nov. 7 incident. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said Belcher stole some prescribed Tramadol pills from a family member. According to drugs.com and Woodruff, Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain, which requires a prescription and is considered a "dangerous drug."

"Thirteen of the pills were recovered on her person," said Woodruff, who credited Belcher with cooperating with the Norwalk Police Department during the investigation.

Longo requested the court forgo a fine, saying "Miss Belcher is as destitute as destitute can be." The judge didn't impose a fine and prosecutors didn't request any restitution.

Belcher has been in custody at the Huron County Jail since being arrested Nov. 17.

"She never made bond," Longo said.

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