Defendant spoils 'second chance' on probation

Woman covicted of heroin-related crime gets 15-month prison term
Cary Ashby
Aug 28, 2013

 

So much for that "second chance" and "wake-up call" she got earlier this month.

Justina M. Hall, 26, of Willard, was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday for violating her probation.

The former Norwalk resident admitted to several violations. Those offenses included a July 23 positive drug test for opiates, failing to report for probation office visits in late June and early July and failing to report to Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services as part of her post-residential program June 6.

In late July, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway revoked Hall's bond when she admitted there was probable cause for violating her probation. She remained in custody at the Huron County Jail until an Aug. 19 hearing when the judge released her on "a second chance" and said he thought her time behind bars would be a sufficient "wake-up call."

"This is a second chance. You're not off the hook," Conway told her.

During Tuesday's hearing, probation officer Andrea Cooke gave the judge a brief update on what happened to Hall after she was released on a personal recognizance bond.

"She totaled her vehicle," Cooke said about an Aug. 22 incident that happened about 12:30 a.m.

Hall also had been associating with a known felon, the probation officer added.

A heroin-related case is why Hall was on three years of intensely supervised probation.

In October, she pleaded guilty to attempted tampering with evidence. A passing driver reported seeing Hall sitting on the steps of a Milan Avenue office with a syringe to her arm Sept. 1. Prosecutors said Norwalk police later found Hall intoxicated and she attempted to swallow some pills when an officer discovered her purse.

On May 21, Hall successfully completed the program at the Worth Center, a substance abuse treatment center.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Tuesday there are "no further community control (sanctions) available" for Hall, so she recommended the prison term and revoking Hall's probation.

Comments

Kottage Kat

My diabetes is not paid for by any govermemt agency.I do not steal because I am a diabetic. Please do not compare diabetes with Heroin usage. I most certainly did not choose to be diabetic. Overeating is a contributing factor In .some cases, there are also many others
Sharing opinions does not have to include name calling.
Thank you
Kat

Korrupttown88

It was just a matter of time before someone got on here and tried defending the so called "disease" of heroin addiction. the fact is that Justina is a worthless mother and a worthless addict that chose to be on heroin. So get on here and defend her all you want and her "disease".. facts are facts and when she gets out she will still choose heroin over her kids like the worthless mother she is.

rogerthat

OK, so what heroin addict in this day and age can say they didn't know what would happen if they started using heroin? Addiction starts out as a concious choice. If you smoke cigarettes you MIGHT get cancer. If you use heroin, you WILL be an addict. You are choosing heroin over your children, your home, your family, your job.

starryeyes83

Maybe "karma watcher" can watch the "karma" laid into her friend the drug addict whose first priority should be her kids.

Ironic name , don't ya think?

Karma Watcher

I am speaking for myself here. I am not defending heroin. simply just saying addiction is a disease.

free and clean 2 yrs

just wanted to put my 2 cents in on this. addiction is not a disease... I was a addict for many many years. (after I was tricked) I chose to get high on heroin I chose the needle I chose to buy and sell. I have since been clean for over 26 months because of choice... cold turkey. no suboxone or methadone.. and haven't taken a single pill ever. I even had my daughter natural in fear it might send me into a relapse and didn't let them prescribe me any kind of narcotic medication. I am still very young at 23 yrs old and I can tell you .. I chose to be sick. I chose to be well. AND I also CHOSE to be free from my addiction. I have had family with REAL diseases that would do anything for it to be taken away as fast as it came. I chose to get high for many many many years. Yes, at one point the pain from withdrawal would make me use over and over again after not having a fix.. but I still had a choice. everyday I had a choice to KEEP myself sick.. I pray for the families that have REAL diseases ... but addiction is not one of them..

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