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Forgery defendant says prescription medication brought out 'little devil' in her

Cary Ashby • Mar 3, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Berlin Heights resident Koriann Evans thought she had her drug addiction under control.

"When my doctor started prescribing prescription medicine, it brought out the little devil in me," she said as she started to cry Wednesday in court.

Evans had successfully completed an intervention-in-lieu-of conviction program and attended NA meetings.

"I'm ashamed; I'm humiliated, but I'm also humbled today," Evans told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

In mid-January, Evans, 33, of 6205 Tennant Road, pleaded guilty to one count of forgery for an April 2 incident. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss three similar charges.

Evans, at Wednesday's sentencing hearing, said she might not have been the best mother she could be for her two children, but she daily tried to be a better person than she was the previous day.

"I just want to be there for them," she added.

"She tried to take advantage of the slower person. ... The state believes a community control sanction would be appropriate in this case," said Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, who recommended a 30-day jail term.

A male victim was in the courtroom Wednesday, but declined to speak.

"There will be more charges forthcoming," the man said from his seat, but Conway and the attorneys didn't elaborate.

As part of her three years of basic probation, Evans must pay $534 in restitution to three banks. Her probation officer has the discretion of when to impose a 90-day sentence the judge ordered Wednesday.

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