Defendant sent to prison for probation violations

Cary Ashby • Jun 1, 2014 at 6:07 AM

A convicted heroin dealer was sentenced Thursday to 10 months in prison for violating his probation.

James C. Bogard III, 25, of 147 N. West St., admitted to violating the terms of his community control sanctions and was then sentenced. He will be serving six months in prison since the court credited him with being behind bars for four months.

"He did not complete drug and alcohol treatment," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

"He tested positive for opiates, oxycodone and buprenorphine. After Feb. 25, he failed to report into his probation officer," she said.

On Dec. 18, Bogard was sentenced to 120 days in the Huron County Jail on the work-release program. He was placed on two years of intensive probation and fined $500. Bogard also had his driver's license suspended for six months and was ordered to reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $120 to cover the cost of drug testing.

His underlying conviction was trafficking in heroin for a Nov. 30 controlled drug buy involving a confidential informant. As part of a plea deal in early November, prosecutors dismissed two counts of trafficking in heroin in connection with incidents on Aug. 14 and 17.

Bogard, during his sentencing hearing, admitted to Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway he "had a couple beers" the night before and stopped drinking between midnight and 12:30 a.m. Bogard, whose speech was never slurred, also said he could think clearly. Huron County Public Defender David Longo said his client's eyes looked OK and all of "his responses were appropriate."

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