Cocaine defendant told to remember her 3 kids while on probation

Cary Ashby • Jul 3, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway asked the defendant if she realized "substance abuse is why you're here."

"Yeah," was Alaina L. Rowe's response.

The judge went on to remind her she needs to work on her attitude to be successful with treating her addiction.

"If you want to be there for your (three) kids, you have to follow your community control sanctions," Conway told the stay-at-home mom.

As a condition of her three years of probation, Rowe has 65 days of a 90-day discretionary jail term to serve. That means it's up to her probation officer when to have her serve the sentence or if Rowe does well on community control, the officer could ask the judge to waive part or all of it. While the defendant -- who was credited with serving 25 days behind bars -- is on basic probation, she will be supervised at a high level.

Rowe, who has been taking GED classes, must continue pursuing it and reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $35 to cover the cost of drug testing. Conway told her that due to the age of her children, part-time employment might be the best fit for her situation, but having a job is a requirement of her community control sanctions. Rowe also is subject to random drug screens and must undergo substance abuse treatment.

In May, Rowe, 26, of 17 W. High St., Plymouth, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.

"It's a first felony; it's a residue case," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said about the Aug. 22 incident.

If Rowe violates her probation, she faces one year in prison. Conway said another option is to have her spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

The defendant will remain in the Huron County Jail until she is released by Richland County on another case.

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