Defendant with 'pretty bad history of substance abuse' gets work-release

Cary Ashby • Mar 7, 2014 at 9:07 AM

"I have a pretty bad history of substance abuse," defendant Michael J. Creston told the judge Wednesday.

"I'm trying to get my life back together," he also told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Attorneys credited Creston with maintaining job although he said he hasn't done anything about treatment. The defendant earlier had been to prison, a community-based corrections facility and a treatment facility.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo received a letter from Creston's boss which he said was one of the most impressive letters of support he'd seen in a long time. He said Creston has been doing well at work and shows up even when he has to walk.

In early December, Creston, 30, of 11905 Strecker Road, Bellevue, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin. His conviction is for a May 14, 2012 traffic stop handled by the state Highway Patrol.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said Creston's history "screams of a substance (abuse) problem."

"He's still got this monkey on his back," said Woodruff, who recommended a community control sanction.

Creston was sentenced to 90 days in the Huron County Jail on the work release program. The judge ruled if Creston does well after 30 days, he would hold the 60 days over his head. Creston's probation officer then would have the discretion of when the defendant would serve the remaining time.

Also as part of his three years of basic probation, Creston was fined $500 and ordered to reimburse the patrol $35 to cover the cost of drug testing. He also had his driver's license suspended for six months.

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