Check thief sent back to treatment center

Cary Ashby • Aug 14, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A Norwalk woman with a history of substance abuse and psychiatric problems will be screened for acceptance into a treatment center.

Amy L. Lykins' voice broke Wednesday as she addressed the victim in a check theft case and told him he should know how sorry she is for what she did. The defendant said should shouldn't have committed the crime, but she did it anyway. Lykins, 32, of 61-B N. Hester St., committed the offense in March -- about three months after she had been released from prison.

"I try every day to make it up to him," said Lykins, who was in tears.

The victim is a friend of Lykins' late father. The man said Lykins has been living with him -- even after she stole checks from him -- and there were circumstances in which other people wouldn't take her in.

"I wouldn't throw her out on the street," said the soft-spoken man.

Citing Lykins' extensive criminal record, which includes "a number of drug and alcohol offenses that go back 10 years" and heroin-related crimes, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper recommended Lykins serve a prison term to protect the public and since Lykins hasn't responded well on probation. Her record includes a prison term, time in a community-based corrections facility and multiple probation violations.

Last year, Lykins was kicked out of a CBCF for getting into an argument with another client. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. On May 7, 2013, Lykins was about five days from successfully completing the program when the argument happened.

"I don't believe Amy is a threat to the public. She's more of a threat to herself," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

Since Lykins has at least three different psychiatric issues combined with a history of substance abuse, it makes the situation worse, Longo said.

Lykins told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway she is willing to give a full effort at a CBCF. And that's where the judge sentenced her as part of her three years of intensive probation. Lykins also must reimburse the victim $200 and undergo psychiatric counseling.

"You're going to be on a short leash, given your past history," Conway told her.

If Lykins violates her probation, she faces one year in prison.

Lykins will be held in the Huron County Jail until she is transferred to a CBCF.

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