A Huron County felons was released from prison early following a hearing Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Cheryl Allen, 45, of Willard, had been convicted of a narcotics charge and cited health issues as the reason Judge Jim Conway needed to release early.
Conway complied, freeing Allen after she had served a year of her 17-month prison sentence, Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
She was ordered to comply with probationary sanctions that include maintaining employment, submitting to drug and alcohol evaluations and counseling, paying fines and court costs, in addition to other conditions. If the payment arrangements aren't met in a timely fashion, Conway said Allen could be ordered to fulfill community service to meet her obligations.
During Allen's sentencing hearing in October 2012, she asked for her sentencing hearing to be delayed a week or two so she could check on her daughter, who at the time was four months pregnant and on bed rest. Her daughter, who has cystic fibrosis, reportedly was supposed to have some "urgent" medical appointments soon.
"I'm really worried about it," Allen the judge.
That request, however, was not granted.
Instead, Conway sentenced Allen to 17 months in prison. The judge did say he would consider releasing Allen early -- after about a year -- into a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. He honored his word this week, granting that early release.
"I know I need help with my drug addiction and I don't think prison will help it. I think a CBCF would help more," she said during October's sentencing hearing.
In mid-July 2012, Allen pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted theft of drugs for a May 24, 2012 incident. In a plea deal, Leffler agreed to dismiss a misdemeanor count of possession of alprazolam in connection with a May 25, 2012 offense.
Allen also was ordered to pay $40 in restitution to the Huron County Sheriff's Office to cover the cost of drug testing. Her driver's license also was suspended for six months.
"She has had trouble staying off the substances," Leffler said, noting Allen is smart enough to know how to sell drugs.
Allen took a man's Xanax and sold it to several people, said the prosecutor, who recommended a year in prison or early release.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo had a different perspective on the case. He said Allen took the medication from the victim "at his request," didn't immediately return it and may have stolen some of the drugs.
"I'm not aware of any commercial trafficking," Longo said.