Cocaine defendant released early from prison into CBCF

Cary Ashby • Aug 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

A Norwalk man was released early from prison Thursday into a locked-down substance abuse treatment center.

Adewale A. Olaniyan, 37, will be spending the next four to six months in a community-based corrections facility.

Olaniyan will be on three years of intensive probation. He is subject to random drug screens and must undergo substance abuse counseling. Olaniyan, whose driver's license is suspended through November, also must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $40 for lab testing.

Defense attorney Tom Nicholson said his client told him his father is "deathly ill" after having a recent stroke and is on a ventilator.

"He was wondering if he could get a furlough to see him before he was transferred to the CBCF," Nicholson said.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway requested Nicholson submit a written motion and documentation for the Huron County Sheriff's Office to consider the furlough.

When Olaniyan was sentenced to 11 months in prison in May, Nicholson said his client had been in an ongoing pattern of going to a bar, getting drunk and then getting in some sort of fight.

"It's not an unbreakable pattern -- don't go out to bars," the judge responded at the time.

In early March, Olaniyan pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine during a May 26, 2013 incident.

Olaniyan spent three years in prison for a 1995 robbery conviction.

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