Norwalk man pleads guilty to hiding syringe in his shoe

Cary Ashby • Apr 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A Norwalk man was convicted Tuesday of attempting to hide a syringe from a police chief who made the traffic stop.

Daniel M. Legg, 23, of 20 Mill St., pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence in exchange for prosecutors dismissing one count of possession of heroin. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the state also agreed not pursue any criminal charges in connection with a "jumping incident" at the Huron County Jail.

The Norwalk Law Director's Office had filed felony charges of escape and inducing panic in Norwalk Municipal Court. Legg was serving a 100-day term for criminal damaging and assault when he climbed up the handrail in his pod, jumped off the stairs from the second floor and shattered his leg Oct. 25.

Huron County Sheriff's Lt. Chris Stanfield has said when Legg "jail jumped," it was pre-planned.

"He had confided to his mother and aunt he was going to do it," Stanfield told the Reflector in late October.

Legg has a cast on his right leg and just and was in a wheelchair Tuesday, as he had been during earlier hearings.

The defendant was a passenger during a March 11, 2012 traffic stop by Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker. Woodruff said Legg put a syringe in his sock in order to hide it from the chief.

"Chief Hunker did find it," Woodruff added.

When Legg is sentenced May 15, he faces nine months to three years in prison.

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