Heroin defendant admits to drinking ‘a lot’ before hearing

Defendant found "face-planted in the parking lot of Rite Aid."
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2013

An area man convicted of possessing heroin reportedly was seen doing a “face-plant” in a local parking lot Wednesday and later admitted to coming to court intoxicated.

Shaun M. O’Donnell, 29, of East Palestine, was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday morning in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Judge Jim Conway ordered the defendant held in the Huron County Jail until he’s sober.

The judge also rescheduled O’Donnell’s sentencing hearing for this morning.

“He (O’Donnell) was found face-planted in the parking lot of Rite Aid. … The caller saw him do a face-plant,” Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said after Wednesday’s hearing.

The Norwalk Police Department responded to Rite Aid and brought O’Donnell to court.

When officers arrived, O’Donnell “was leaning on a piece of equipment,” Kasper said.

Officers asked the suspect how much he had to drink.

“He just said a lot. He did say he was going to court. … He said ‘a lot’ a couple times,” Kasper said. “He (later) told the court he was drunk.”

The prosecutor said local police charged O’Donnell with disorderly conduct last week.

“I don’t have the details on that one,” Kasper said.

No charges had been filed in Norwalk Municipal Court as of press time.

In late February, O’Donnell pleaded guilty to having a half-gram of heroin during an Aug. 2 traffic stop. Norwalk police handled the stop related to the defendant driving with a suspended license.

“He was driving without a license,” Kasper said. “(Police) searched the vehicle pursuant to consent and found .05 grams (of heroin).”

O’Donnell faces six to 12 months in the Huron County Jail when he is sentenced today.

“This is his first felony, so he’s not prison eligible,” Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said in February.

Comments

votelibertarian

need some water for that faceplant?

the bull

Take note young ones. Use hard drugs, and age yourself 15 years.

TheGravyWhisperer

...indeed, bull... unless he does an about face, he may not last 15 more years... @AE... agree with you, in that he may not be stuck so deep he still has a chance, with help, to get it together...

haterwalkme

they need to put his picture in all the schools maybe after seeing that who would want to heroin.

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mikeylikesit

the picture of health!

AEversole

I hope he gets the help he needs..... he doesn't have any prior felony convictions which leads me to believe he has possibly been a normal citizen for the majority of his life and with the right help a a lot of will power he can turn his life around in a positive manner

swiss family

I am guessing that Judge Conway will decide he is a good candidate for the drug rehab house and when he is released or kicked out he will be under "intense " parole....... ya know I finally figured out why they are going to name the new dog park "Conway Park" seeing as how most of the cleaning up they do out there is much like our astute Judge, and the droppings and his judgments can both be called the same thing in my opinion

AEversole

I noticed alot of comments on these drug offender s and people bashing the judge for trying to help these people get it together... We don't have the money or resources to send every drug User and addict to prison. Get real...most of these people have jobs, families, and pay taxes, but are addicted to pills which turned to heroine, which you could buy out of sears roebuck magazine unroll the twenties.... I agree with the judge and most of these first time offenders should get cbcf, rehabs, and probation. Look at statistics and yeah its sad that most will fail or relapse,but if you can save a life here and keep a family together there, it is worth it to me... ecspecially in a non violent victemless crime..... everyone is so quick to judge everyone and throw stones.. treat your brother as you want to be treated, and love your neighbor as you do yourself, what is wrong with forgiveness and compassion........try it and you might be a lil happier in your own life

somescrewyname

@AEversole I agree with what you said up until you got to......." non violent victimless crime." Heroin is an assault to the body.Heroin can cause.... pneumonia and other lung problems because heroin depresses respiratory functions.Then if the user has children, wife/husband, they are victims too. So are mom dad's brothers, sisters and friends. so I disagree it is a non-violent victimless crime. And I haven't even mentioned the crimes perpetrated on others to get the the junk.

AEversole

I noticed alot of comments on these drug offender s and people bashing the judge for trying to help these people get it together... We don't have the money or resources to send every drug User and addict to prison. Get real...most of these people have jobs, families, and pay taxes, but are addicted to pills which turned to heroine, which you could buy out of sears roebuck magazine thru the twenties.... I agree with the judge and most of these first time offenders should get cbcf, rehabs, and probation. Look at statistics and yeah its sad that most will fail or relapse,but if you can save a life here and keep a family together there, it is worth it to me... ecspecially in a non violent victemless crime..... everyone is so quick to judge everyone and throw stones.. treat your brother as you want to be treated, and love your neighbor as you do yourself, what is wrong with forgiveness and compassion........try it and you might be a lil happier in your own life

Scranton Tibbs

Mr. "Faceplant" < 5 gallon bucket filled with human waste. Love that neck tattoo. Garbage.

AEversole

You r right about the kids and the families, definitely. I didn't think about it like that....good point

swiss family

Aeversol...... please put a band aid on that bleeding heart.. I can understand wanting to help a first time offender, and I can understand offering some type of help to point them in the direction to help themselves.. but come on.. look at this picture... do you think he sees that he has a solvable problem??? does it look like he sees that he needs to turn his life around??? the thing with rehab, is that the most important component needed is the desire to quit.. and no amount of forcing anyone to do it will work

In my opinion, if he wanted help, it is up to HIM, not US to get the help he needs to save his life. I also think you are blind when you call a heroin crime a victim less crime.. not only does it lead to a short life expectancy, but you end up stealing, robbing, breaking and entering , among the short list of crimes that the addict normally turns to, to pay for their addiction, then you have to include selling these drugs to anyone who has money, even teens and school kids who are experimenting with life.. sadly they will become an addict before they have time to give it some deep thought, because of human waste like this guy.. in my opinion