Norwalk drug defendant 'mortified by what happened'

Cary Ashby • Jun 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A drug defendant's attorney said what his client did "was out of character."

Leeanne M. Sigley, 32, of 80 Benedict Ave., faces a 90-day discretionary jail term for selling hydrocodone to a confidential informant June 24, 2013. That means her probation officer has the discretion of when to have her serve the time or if Sigley is doing well on community control sanctions, he or she could request the court waive part or all of the sentence.

"I think what Leeanne did here was out of character," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

"To say she is remorseful would be an understatement; I think she was mortified by what happened," said Longo, who told the judge he believes Sigley possibly was entrapped by the informant.

In mid-May, the defendant pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in hydrocodone in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a second, similar charge in connection with an April 22, 2013 incident.

As a result of the controlled drug buys, Sigley lost her job. However, she recently found other employment.

"She's been working hard," Longo told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

In late February, Sigley was one of several suspects arrested on drug-related secret indictments. The Norwalk Police Department made the four arrests within about 6 1/2 hours. A grand jury issues a secret indictment when authorities believe a suspect might flee the area.

"I'm a single mom. I'm trying to work hard to support my kids," Sigley told the judge Wednesday.

"I won't be doing anything like this again; that's for sure," she added, referring to the transactions.

As part of her three years of probation, Sigley was fined $500, must reimburse police $40 to cover the cost of drug testing and undergo substance abuse treatment and counseling. She also had her driver's license suspended for six months. If Sigley violates her probation, she faces one year in prison.

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