A Norwalk man had a probation violation dismissed Thursday, but was ordered to spend four to six months in a locked-down substance abuse treatment center for a separate crime.
Russell L. Willard, 27, most recently of Woodlawn Avenue, was ordered to a community-based corrections facility as part of his three years of intensive probation. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
In mid-August, Willard pleaded guilty to trafficking in amphetamine for selling three Adderall pills in Norwalk. The Huron County Sheriff's Office coordinated the Nov. 21 controlled drug buy. The state agreed to dismiss two other trafficking in drugs charges at the time.
As part of a plea deal Thursday, prosecutors agreed to withdraw a probation violation filed against Willard. He was fined $250 and had his driver's license suspended for six months.
The former Monroeville and Berlin Heights resident declined to speak on his own behalf.
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said Willard "had some success" on a drug treatment program, but "fell off the wagon." The judge told Willard he hoped his time in the CBCF would put him in the right direction.
Willard was on probation for a local burglary conviction when he sold the Adderall.
He was working and helping a landlord in an upstairs apartment May 10, 2012. Prosecutors have said Willard entered the downstairs unit without permission and stole a laptop computer and game system.
As he left the victim's apartment, a relative saw and recognized Willard and then alerted the victim, who was an acquaintance of Willard's. Prosecutors said Willard attempted to distract the witness by telling the person he saw two juveniles leaving the apartment.
In October 2012, Conway ordered Willard to be released from the Huron County Jail and ordered him to undergo outpatient treatment for a heroin addiction and alcoholism.
Willard was out on bond before Thursday's hearing.