Defendant fined, gets no jail time for 'very odd case'

Cary Ashby • Feb 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

A Norwalk man was fined $1,000 Thursday for attempting to hide a spoon with heroin residue during a burglary investigation.

Michael A. Nolan's probation officer has the discretion of imposing a 90-day jail sentence during his three years of probation. Nolan, 33, of 3930 Ohio 601, would serve the term on the work-release program.

On Aug. 12, Nolan returned home to discover there had been a possible burglary and called the Norwalk Police Department.

"Obviously this is a very odd case. He reported the burglary and police arrived," said Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, who noted the burglary complaint was legitimate.

During the investigation, officers discovered a spoon with heroin residue.

"The defendant attempted to palm the same. He put it in a glass of water to hide it from police," Leffler said. "The Norwalk Police Department confronted him about it and the defendant was very honest about (what he did)."

Defense attorney Paul Dolce said his client "manned up" to the allegation.

"I'm glad I got caught. Otherwise, I wouldn't be alive," added Dolce, while quoting one of Nolan's statements during the pre-sentence investigation.

"This was a very odd way (the case) came to light," said Leffler, who credited Nolan for cooperating with officers.

The defendant must reimburse police $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.

Nolan has been attending NA meetings three days a week since December. He had an assessment scheduled for Thursday at Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services.

The defendant, who has been out on bond, told the court he wants to keep attending NA meetings and "keep going down the right path."

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