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Heroin dealer who was 'very dedicated' to NA program is sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Apr 19, 2014 at 6:07 AM

A Norwalk man who sold heroin to a confidential informant was sentenced to 17 months in prison Tuesday.

David A. Burrows, 23, of 47 Welton Ave., pleaded guilty in mid-February to one count of trafficking in heroin in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a second, similar charge. The Aug. 9 controlled drug buy, which was coordinated by the Norwalk Police Department, happened just days after Burrows was placed on intensive probation through Norwalk Municipal Court and made him eligible for a prison term.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Burrows was still "strung out" when he committed the crime, but since then he's been doing well in a treatment program. Longo showed Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway the defendant's folder of documents with NA and AA attendance sheets and certificates before the judge announced his sentence.

"He's been working hard," Longo added.

Burrows, who has been seeking employment, has a sponsor and two "home groups."

"I've been very dedicated to the Narcotics Anonymous program," he told the judge.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper recommended substance-abuse treatment for Burrows as a condition of probation.

"He does have a substantial substance abuse history," Kasper added.

After hearing from each attorney and Burrows, Conway said he was sentencing him to prison for two reasons: First, to send a message to the community that selling heroin won't be tolerated and also to show Burrows "the inside of a prison" to see if that's where he wants his life to head.

Burrows, whose driver's license was suspended for six months, must reimburse police $80 to cover the cost of drug testing.

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