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Heroin defendant with new job gets sentencing delayed

Cary Ashby • Jan 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Willard defendant Dustin A. Hanson started a new job Tuesday.

As a result, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway gave the convicted drug defendant a chance to prove he can stay employed and remain sober. Hanson's sentencing hearing, which was scheduled for Wednesday, was reset for Feb. 19.

"I don't mind putting it off to see if the job sticks," Conway said.

In early December, Hanson, 30, of 206 S. Main St., pleaded guilty to possession of heroin. The Willard Police Department initiated the June 25 traffic stop in connection with the defendant driving with a suspended license.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said officers found .1 gram of heroin on Hanson.

"He was cooperative with law enforcement officers," she added.

Calling it "a residue case," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the amount was the smallest it could be and still be a felony.

"He didn't give the officers any grief. He was honest with them," he also said.

Hanson, who also has an undisclosed prior felony conviction, has said he's on probation through Norwalk Municipal Court related to the same case. He wasn't on community control at the time of the traffic stop.

However, Hanson "has a disappointing history" of criminal charges as a juvenile and adult, Kasper said.

"It includes prison terms and drug convictions," the prosecutor added.

Hanson told the judge he is doing well for himself now and wants to continue to do so.

Conway warned the defendant a prison term is still a possibility. The judge ordered Hanson to report to the probation office for a drug test and for him to be screened at least once before his sentencing hearing.

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