'We'll see if she hangs herself or not'

Aaron Krause • Jun 20, 2014 at 2:11 PM

An area woman who didn't show up in court Monday for her hearing regarding a motion for intervention in lieu of conviction said Tuesday she was misled about the court date.

Leandra M. Kimbro told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway someone misled her into thinking the hearing was Tuesday instead of Monday.

"She would like to apologize to the court for the mix up and the phone number," defense attorney Reese Wineman said, referring to an incorrect number.

"I hope it's a lesson well learned," Conway told her. He added in the future, Kimbro needs to keep a "good address and phone number" so her probation officer and attorney can reach her.

Conway issued a warrant for Kimbro's arrest Monday, but recalled the warrant Tuesday. The judge also said he would still allow her to undergo an intervention treatment program which, if she successfully completes, would remove a conviction from her record.

Kimbro pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of complicity to trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances. The fifth-degree felony carries a potential prison sentence of six to 12 months, a $2,500 fine and she could've lost her driver's license. However, if she successfully completes the treatment program, no conviction would appear on her record.

Kimbro was one of four Lorain County individuals arrested in August by Huron County sheriff's deputies in connection with selling suspected crack cocaine.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said on Aug. 6, Kimbro sold heroin to a confidential informant. The material was sent to a laboratory, where a technician determined it wasn't a controlled substance.

Conway told the defendant if she doesn't successfully complete the program, he can find her guilty based on her plea and she'd face a sentencing hearing.

Conway said since Kimbro lives in Lorain County, she wouldn't be a good candidate for Huron County Common Pleas Court's substance abuse treatment program. A program in Lorain County would work better, the judge said.

Kimbro asked the judge if she successfully completes the program whether a potential employer could find any record of the case. Conway said she could tell the person she wasn't convicted of a crime, but in "today's information age" people can search and find information.

At the request of the state, Conway ordered Kimbro to reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $35. She must follow the orders of her probation officer and can't leave Ohio without the officer's permission.

"If people can be treated that's probably a good thing," Woodruff said after the hearing.

He referred to the judge's comment during the hearing about giving Kimbro a "little bit of rope."

"We'll see if she hangs herself or not," the prosecutor said.

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