Heroin dealer given 'last chance' on probation

Man admitted he smoked one marijuana joint on New Year's Eve "just as the ball dropped" and dated a convicted felon, unbeknownst to him.
Cary Ashby
Mar 27, 2013

A judge gave a former New London man who unknowingly dated a felon for about a year "a last-chance opportunity."

Tiffin resident James M. Baker, 32, was in Huron County Common Pleas Court for a probation violation hearing Monday. Last week in court, he admitted he didn't know his ex-girlfriend had a felony conviction until his friends informed him. State law prohibits felons from associating with other felons.

Baker tested positive for marijuana during a Jan. 7 drug screen. He said he smoked one joint on New Year's Eve "just as the ball dropped."

"It was the first time I failed a drug test in 14 months," Baker told Judge Jim Conway last week. "I'm done with drugs."

Hearing that Baker has a job lined up, Conway ruled the defendant would finish a 90-day sentence at the Seneca County Jail. After that, Baker will remain in the Huron County Jail until 9 a.m. May 1.

"It's a last chance opportunity," the judge told Baker. "I expect you to do nothing more than work and behave yourself."

Baker violated his probation due to a Jan. 30 conviction through Tiffin Municipal Court. He violated a civil protection order when he was at a woman's residence.

"Nobody got hurt," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said last week. "There's no allegation he laid a finger on her in anger."

Baker "fell for" the woman telling him she dropped the order, he said.

Baker earlier said he has a laborer job waiting for him -- something that would keep him from being in court again.

In late February 2011, Baker was sentenced to 90 days in jail on the work release program for trafficking in heroin.

As part of his three years of intense probation, he was fined $500 and ordered to pay $40 in restitution to the Huron County Sheriff's Office to cover the cost of drug testing.

In June 2011, Baker pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in cocaine. He later was fined $250 and ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Baker successfully completed the CBCF program.

Comments

Uputwhatwhere7

So if there are any questions on why drugs and crime are running rampant in Huron county, I suggest you read every single drug related article in which Judge Conway has handled the sentencing.

Grateful

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JohnDorian12

LOL!! WOW!!! I promise your honor, I am REALLY REALLY done with drugs THIS TIME!!! What??? My girlfriend wasnt a organist at the local church?? She was a felon?? I want to sell this judge a bridge I own in Brooklyn.....what a joke!!

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NORWALK COURT SYSTEMS HAVE FAILED US


OFFICE OF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL
THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO
JONATHAN E. COUGHLAN, Disciplinary Counsel
250 Civic Center Drive, Suite 325
Columbus, Ohio 43215-7411
(614) 461-0256
1-800-589-5256
(614) 461-7205 FAX


PLEASE DO YOUR PART AND FILE A COMPLAINT IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET RID Criminal James Conway

hookedonnews

I'm not saying we should be soft on crime, but don't all you idiots screaming fire Conway realize that he has to follow state sentencing mandates imposed by Kasich's policies? Do we really want to lock this guy up and throw away the key because he smoked a joint? YOU write the check to house him.

Uputwhatwhere7

You are the idiot here. REPEAT offender. On probation. He has yet to be hit with the maximum penalty allowed by law as are ALL of the other offenders that have gone through Conway's court room. I guess you just like all of the crime and drugs in our area getting so bad since he has been in office right?

happyfeet64

You think all the crime and drugs have gotten bad since he's been on the bench? Trust me, Norwalk and surrounding areas have had this problem long b4 Conway was on the bench! None of you could get your heads out of your a**es long enough to see what was happening! McGimpsey was putting them out on probation too.So,since so many of you are wanting to remove Conway from the bench who are you going to replace him with? Have you thought of that? Pretty limited on choices. But of course noone thought of that yet. have you?

HBK

By all means I am not saying go soft on crime either, but Czar Conway is never consistent with his sentences. Why is it okay to sent one person away to prison on a VOP, but not another? He sends Adams to another CBCF after getting kicked out of two others, come on!!! But he won't give hartshuh a chance on probation, even though she's already on paper out of KY? I just happen to know Mr. Baker personally, and I don't think a prison sentence was needed in this case either. Just kinda funny that in this courtroom there is no order. Yes, Conway does follow sentencing mandate set forth by the ORC, but he abuses his power by not following any consistent sentences. What ever happened to "what's good for the goose is good for the gander?"

Grateful

Im sorry I thought the header said HEROIN DEALER.


Pot is probably months away from being legal any how. Conway IS A CRIMINAL.


You really feel at ease with him presiding over the junkies who steal and break into homes to only repeatedly go free?

hookedonnews

Umm...this was a probation violation case for associating with a felon. Dating a girl with a felony past as far as I can see it.

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