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Heroin dealers released early from prison

Cary Ashby • Feb 25, 2014 at 9:38 AM

A judge ruled Monday that two prison inmates were good candidates to be released early.

Valerie S. Gates, 39, of Mansfield, and Ryan L. Porter, 22, of Shiloh, are now on three years of intensive probation. As a condition of community control, they will spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse and education.

Gates has five months in prison hanging over her head if she violates her probation. She originally was given an 11-month sentence for trafficking in heroin. Her conviction is for a Jan. 17, 2013 incident.

Porter, who faces 17 months for a probation violation, initially was sentenced to 23 months in prison for trafficking in heroin.

His conviction is for a Dec. 12, 2012 incident. Porter sold two balloons of heroin to a confidential informant on Gallup Avenue in Norwalk during the controlled drug buy.

"You have some significant time hanging over your head," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told Porter.

Prosecutors didn't have any opposition to the defendants being released early. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he hopes Porter uses his time at the CBCF and gets off heroin.

"That's the most important thing," he added.

"I want to thank you for the opportunity," Porter told the judge.

Each defendant will be held in the Huron County Jail until they are transferred to a CBCF.

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