No jail time for teen mom sorry for 'heckuva scene' at buffet

Prosecutor: 'Young lady was in great distress, doing more heroin than she should'; Worker says she was running around topless in parking lot.
Cary Ashby
Feb 8, 2013


The teenager and new mom, who has been convicted of attacking a paramedic and stealing a relative's credit card, proclaimed she's "happy" to be clean and sober.

"I'd like to get my GED," defendant Lisa M. Barnett said in court Tuesday.

In December, the former Norwalk resident pleaded guilty to one felony count each of assaulting a paramedic and receiving stolen property. The receiving stolen property incident happened Sept. 11.

The assault happened Sept. 27 at Brian Buffet, a Plank Road restaurant where Barnett, 19, now of Sandusky, had a heroin overdose.

"This was a heckuva scene at the Brian Buffet. The young lady was in great distress, doing more heroin than she should," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said at Tuesday's sentencing hearing.

"The people who were there reported it was worse than what was in the police report," he told the judge.

Prosecutors earlier said Barnett "was crying and screaming and yelling about having Hepatitis C," went into the bathroom, "shot herself full of heroin" and then "was throwing up all over herself." A witness who works near the restaurant said Barnett was topless as she ran around the parking lot before North Central EMS arrived.

"I'm sorry for what I did; I really am," Barnett said Tuesday.

While paramedics attempted to treat her, Barnett scratched and bit a female medical worker. Huron County Public Defender David Longo has said the bite didn't penetrate the victim's skin.

Since being released from the Huron County Jail on house arrest after her Dec. 20 guilty plea, Barnett has tested clean during random drug screens, Longo said. He requested Barnett be required to do an intense outpatient program as part of intensive probation.

Leffler said Barnett had a 10 heroin balloons-per-day habit that went back as much as two years. He recommended Barnett spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility so she could continue to "make strides" in addressing her addiction. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Barnett told the court she hadn't been tested for Hepatitis C since the assault. It's unknown if she was positive before she gave birth. Barnett's aunt is taking care of her 2-year-old girl in Sandusky.

As part of her three years of intense probation, Barnett must work toward her GED and pay almost $278 in restitution to the receiving stolen property victim. She's also prohibited from having any association with her one-time boyfriend.

Citing the importance of Barnett being with her daughter and proving she can be sober, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered Barnett to undergo substance abuse counseling. He didn't impose any jail time.

"I'm giving you a lot of credit," said Conway, who ruled Barnett faces 18 months in prison if she violates her probation.

The judge ordered her to be screened for the Benchmark program, which he said he found was useful for drug defendants when he was an Erie County assistant prosecutor. Barnett could be screened for a CBCF if she isn't accepted.



Boy if this doesn't remind me of (the hills have eyes) ick


CBCF again? Hmmmmm... "did more heroin than she should have"? Are you kidding me? Is there a certain dose you "should" do?


Haha! I was thinking that too..."more" than she should, I must've missed class the day they covered the "appropriate levels" of illegal drugs.


That's exactly what I was thinking.. isn't any amount of heroin "more than you should"?!


will i gave her credit for beening clean that long.. hard habit to break.. it got to be hard and she went this far so im hoping she keep going.i hope who every her family is will stick by her..but for the life of me i cant understand why any body would even try it when they see what it has done to people.

Simple Enough II

Work towards her GED? How about attain her GED in 1 year, isn't that reasonable? Don't we also see this quite often with sentencing, "Attain a GED"?


Come on people, she said she was SORRY. Case should've been dismissed right there.


Wondering the same thing Hereswhatithink, what is the "normal" dose of heroin that good girls take?

Swamp Fox

They always get "clean" and find god for their sentencing, key is long term.


Well, you know the rumor is that Jesus lives in prison since that is where he is often found!


Are there NO punishments for ILLEGAL activity? gets better by the day. WOW do what you want, there are NO consequences. Just say you are sorry.

Mr. Touchdown

Conway & Leffler need thrown in jail for constantly letting all this trash off w/ a slap on the wrist.Too bad she didn't bite those two & puke all over em instead of the Emt who was trying to help her.


Lmao, you self-righteous people crack me up. Wow, wow.

believe it

I don't see the self-righteous thing, I just see people tired of reading about trashy people in the paper.


Are you calling me self righteous because I graduated, never stole anything, never did drugs (nope never, not once) never been arrested, and never been in jail. I am sorry I have NO sympathy for this girl or any of the other druggies in the paper. I feel bad for the people they subject to their loser lifestyle. The parents, family, children, people they steal from, people they run around topless in front of, people they try to bite, etc. I can and WILL stand on my soapbox and tell you the druggies need to be in JAIL.


Let see young, blonde , and white. Yeah she doesn't need jail time. Jail is for the ugly, the poor and minorities.... Sound like Huron County too me..:)


works for me!! woo hoo


Problem is Norwalk Reflector is full of white trash vs the minority. Seems like you enjoy living by them..

Sitting In The ...

Next time read what you've typed and if it sounds funny fix it that way people take you serious.


Without punctuation, I have no idea the message that you are trying to convey.


i dont live in norwalk, only used to.

Sitting In The ...

For being the grammar police, I would expect a better quality post then what you typed above. Just keep working on it, you'll eventually form quality sentences.


zzzzzzzzzzzzing. you are sharp as a tack!


White man hodin' us back! More racial B.S. so that you don't have to work hard and be an honest person. I don't care who, what or anything else you are. Stop the racial Bullsh*t, get a job and be productive. Your mother, father, brother, sister, neighbors or anyone else aren't doing anything to hold anyone back. She's blonde, white and trash. She needs to go to jail. If she was old, ugly and black she should go to jail. Doesn't matter if a minority or not. That statement just suggests that your a minority that has been in trouble and are pissed you went to jail. Tough sh*t. Deal with it. You did it.

Sitting In The ...

You know we're screwed when the Prosecutor saying she was "doing more heroin than she should".


This is exactly why drugs are worse in Huron county than any other in Ohio. We have a broken legal system that does the minimum to punish the guilty.


eh, I have seen her topless many times.....not all that impressive


but the top of her head is something I will never forget...BOOM

Sitting In The ...

hahahahahaha I like that one.


Yuck, she looks gross!