'I'm sorry for what happened'

Cary Ashby • Jul 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

"I'm sorry for what happened. I'd like to better myself."

Drug defendant Jacob A. LeClair also said Thursday everything he had done before he went to jail was drug-related and "to support my habit."

"I was bad with it," he told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

The judge ordered LeClair, 24, most recently of 403 Myrtle Ave., Willard, to attended a community-based corrections treatment Thursday as part of his three years of intensive probation. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"At the time of the plea, we agreed to recommend a CBCF," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said. "It's obvious he has a serious substance abuse problem, which he needs to get a handle on."

Although LeClair's criminal record includes several marijuana-related cases, Conway told the defendant "it appears you have the right attitude."

On April 30, LeClair pleaded guilty April 30 to one separate count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of oxycodone. The Huron County Sheriff's Office coordinated the heroin-related controlled drug buy while the Plymouth Police Department handled the July 10, 2013 oxycodone incident.

As part of his probation in addition to completing the CBCF, LeClair was fined $500 and must reimburse each of the investigating agencies $35 to cover the cost of drug testing. He also had his driver's license suspended for six months and is subject to random drug screens.

If he violates the terms of his probation, he faces one year in prison.

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