"It was a wake-up call."
That's what convicted burglar Mark A. Noller Jr. told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway about nearly dying from an overdose March 25. Four days earlier, the judge had released the defendant on bond as part of a plea deal.
Now, Noller, 37, of Norwalk, will remain in the Huron County Jail without bond until he is sentenced May 2 on two different cases.
The Norwalk Police Department and North Central EMS responded to a heroin overdose at 10:26 a.m. March 25 at a North West Street apartment. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said first-responders found Noller unconscious and he later acknowledged to paramedics he had used heroin.
"He was brought back to life by the use of Narcan," Leffler said Tuesday in court.
Paramedics had difficulty administering the shot because Noller didn't have an useable veins, he said, so they shot him in the shin.
"It's a terrible thing to get away from," Leffler said about heroin.
The prosecutor noted apparently while heroin addicts are in jail, they have less tolerance to heroin than beforehand.
Conway, after hearing from Leffler, said the overdose incident, in which Noller nearly died, shows the defendant is a danger to himself. The judge then revoked Noller's bond.
About 7 p.m. March 25, police arrested Noller in connection with shoplifting chicken from a local grocery store nearly 30 minutes earlier. He was charged with a misdemeanor count of theft and taken to jail.
Detective Sgt. Seth Fry has said an officer spoke with an employee, who reviewed surveillance and confirmed the theft occurred.
Four days before the overdose and suspected shoplifting incident -- on March 21, Noller pleaded guilty to burglary and breaking and entering for separate crimes. As part of a plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss one theft charge.
On Dec. 2, Noller "was using some drugs and doing some foolish things" with several people when he went to an Erie Street home and assisted in taking a 47-inch flat-screen television set, said Leffler, who has recommended a two-year prison term.
"Basically, he was cooperative with the Norwalk police when they interviewed him," Leffler said during the plea hearing.
Police arrested Noller on Jan. 17 -- six days after a Huron County grand jury issued a secret indictment. Authorities have said Noller and Cory B. Smith, 24, of 40B Corwin St., stole some TVs, an iPad, watches and some jewelry when they "hit a couple places in Norwalk."
Noller's breaking-and-entering conviction is for a Dec. 23 incident when he entered an unattached garage.
When the male homeowner, who "heard him and confronted him," pulled a gun on Noller, the defendant ran away and dropped his cell phone, Leffler said. Police used Noller's cell phone to track him down.
Smith will be sentenced today for one count each of burglary and theft of a firearm.