Defendant avoids prison for 2nd probation violation

Cary Ashby • Aug 21, 2014 at 9:07 AM

The third time on probation might be the charm for convicted felon Carla S. Reed.

If she violates the terms of her probation, she faces one year in prison.

"If you come back, you're likely to get the whole sentence," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told Reed during Wednesday's hearing.

"I rarely give anybody three strikes. This is your third chance," the judge added.

Reed had completed most of her time at Crosswaeh, a community-based corrections facility in Tiffin, when she was kicked out for testing positive for Tramadol on July 23. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Reed's probation officer told Conway that Reed took a half-pill of Tramadol, hydrochloride salt which is used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain, July 20 and was kicked out of Crosswaeh on Aug. 6.

Reed admitted to the probation violations Wednesday. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper and defense attorney Paul Dolce had a joint recommendation of Reed serving the remainder of a 10-month sentence at the Huron County Jail and then would be kicked off probation. She already was in custody for about seven months.

Based on the circumstances and even though he told attorneys he planned to agree with the sentencing recommendation, Conway said he believed Reed might do better if she served a shorter jail time and remained under the supervision of the probation department. Reed agreed and said she needs someone to keep her accountable.

Reed was sentenced to 30 days in jail Wednesday for violating her probation.

"I know Teen Challenge wasn't (a good) fit for me," said Reed, referring to a Christian-based program for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions.

Reed was ordered to the Crossweah CBCF on Feb. 11 after signing herself out of Life Challenge, a Michigan branch of Teen Challenge, where she had completed many classes. Leaving Life Challenge constituted a probation violation.

"I've been attending church every Sunday. I've been baptized. I've worked very hard," she said.

Reed, during a mid-February probation violation hearing, said Teen Challenge is a good program, but she didn't believe it addressed "any of the personal problems I need worked on."

Her underlying conviction stems from a March 9 incident when the Huron County Sheriff's Office found heroin in her purse during a speeding-related traffic stop.

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