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Norwalk man given work-release jail term

Cary Ashby • Sep 5, 2014 at 3:49 PM

A convicted drug dealer's defense attorney said he believes his client basically seems to be "a good kid" who got in over his head.

"That doesn't excuse what he did, but that's the impression I get," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

In mid-July, Deon C. Parker, 22, of 35 Oak St., pleaded guilty to one count each of trafficking in marijuana for a March 18, 2013 controlled drug buy and trafficking in oxycodone for an incident five days later.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of trafficking in marijuana in connection with a March 19, 2013 incident.

Longo told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway he doesn't believe Parker will be "a frequent flyer" in court.

"This appears to be Mr. Parker's first felony offense," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.

Parker's criminal record includes some offenses as a juvenile, a brief adult record and a misdemeanor probation violation.

"I'd like to apologize for my behavior. I'd like to assure you this will never happen again," Parker said during Thursday's sentencing hearing.

Police arrested Parker on Feb. 11 after officers used a search warrant at his home and seized multiple items related to drug trafficking.

"He's been under investigation since March of 2013," Detective Seth Fry said soon after Parker was arrested.

As part of his three years of basic probation, Parker will be supervised at a high level. He must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $80 for the cost of drug testing and was fined $500. The defendant also had his driver's license was suspended for six months.

Conway ordered Parker to serve 60 days in the Huron County Jail on the work release program and credited him with earlier being behind bars for two days. The defendant also was given a 60-day discretionary sentence, which means his probation officer has the option of when to say Parker has to serve the time. The officer also can ask Conway to waive part or all of it if the defendant does well on community control.

If Parker violates his probation, he faces an 18-month prison term.

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