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Overdose victim pleads guilty to having heroin

Heather Chapin-Fowler • Jul 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

A 22-year-old Norwalk man who overdosed on heroin admitted to possessing the narcotic Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Jack Leimeister pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

Leimeister's mother called Norwalk Police on April 16 after she found her son had locked himself in the bathroom, according to Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Hakos.

Leimeister was found unconscious in the bathroom and when he came to he "seemed stupefied" and his speech was slurred, Hakos said.

When officers looked in the bathroom, they found marijuana cigarettes and .03 grams of heroin along with a rubber contraption apparently used to shoot the heroin into the man's body, Hakos said.

Following Leimeister's release from Fisher-Titus Medical Center, he was immediately taken to jail for the possession charge.

Meanwhile, since the incident, Leimeister sat in the Huron County Jail for two months on a violation of probation from a conviction in Norwalk Municipal Court, according to his attorney, Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

Leimeister has 23 charges in the lower local court for such offenses as consuming alcohol under age, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

The lower court terminated Leimeister from its Intensive Supervised Probation program recently as the felony charge was filed.

Judge James Conway ordered a pre-sentence investigation prior to the defendant's Sept. 11 sentence hearing.

He could be sentenced to anything from a prison term to serving local time in the county jail or various programs such as a Community Based Correctional Facility (CBCF), Conway said. A CBCF is a former of prison focusing on substance abuse treatment and education.

Leimeister was permitted to remain free on a $5,000 bond until his sentence hearing, Conway also ruled.

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