Heroin dealer's sentencing postponed

Cary Ashby • May 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Former Willard resident Arielle A. Aldrich had been attending an outpatient substance abuse program, but said she had problems contacting a probation officer about her pre-sentence interview (PSI).

Aldrich, 23, of Indiana, was in Huron County Common Pleas Court for her sentencing hearing Thursday. In mid-March, she pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in heroin in exchange for prosecutors dismissing one charge each of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine.

Judge Jim Conway asked Aldrich and her attorney, Reese Wineman, why she didn't appear on two occasions for her presentence interview (PSI) and reportedly didn't return a call. During one of the instances, Wineman said his client came to Columbus for a ride to Huron County, but the driver, who works for a nursing home, was called into work.

Aldrich admitted she knew she was supposed to appear for the appointment and cooperate with probation officers' pre-sentence investigation. She said she left at least two messages for the probation officer and tried calling "three to four days straight" without getting a callback. The judge, in response, said it would have been best if she had notified her attorney about the situation.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff requested Aldrich be held in jail without bond to ensure she'd be interviewed.

"She failed to appear (earlier)," Woodruff added.

Conway said since he doesn't want to interrupt Aldrich's job or her treatment, he was going to allow her to remain out on bond.

"This is a second chance I don't give a lot of folks," the judge told her.

The court rescheduled Aldrich's new PSI for Thursday and her sentencing date for June 19.

Aldrich was one of three suspects arrested after the Oct. 16 buy-bust involving a confidential informant on Walton Avenue in Willard. Authorities said she sold two bindles of heroin to the informant and was arrested near where the transaction happened.

Investigators seized numerous syringes and other suspected drug paraphernalia during a search of Aldrich's then-Myrtle Avenue residence. The Huron County Sheriff's Office and the Willard and Monroeville police departments handled the investigation.

Police contacted Huron County Children Services because Aldrich's infant son lived at the residence. The boy's father and Aldrich's suspected co-defendant, Columbus resident Jeremy D. Robinson, 23, also was there. Robinson has filed to be on the drug intervention program. That means if Robinson successfully completes an approved treatment program, he won't have a conviction on his record for one count each of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine.

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