A convicted heroin dealer was sentenced to 11 months in prison Wednesday.
This isn't the first prison term for Benilda J. Sepeda, 36, of Newton St. In early June 2010, she was sentenced to 10 months for misusing a credit card. Sepeda victimized a Walmart greeter between Jan. 20 and 22, 2009.
"I know Miss Sepeda means well, but seems to get back into it," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said at Wednesday's hearing.
In mid-August, Sepeda pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in heroin for an April 15 transaction in the parking lot of a Cline Street business. Sepeda was on judicial release from Delaware County at the time.
The Norwalk Police Department, which coordinated the controlled drug buy, arrested Sepeda immediately after the sale and confiscated a total of $285. Of that amount, $80 was used for the heroin purchase.
Leffler has said the money was in the defendant's lap and Sepeda said she had only sold heroin to the confidential informant because she "thought the informant was sick" due to a withdrawal from his heroin addiction.
As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss two counts of possession of heroin in connection with incidents on Nov. 13 and Aug. 15.
Sepeda and Huron County Public Defender David Longo blamed her association with her boyfriend for her behavior. The defendant told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway this was the second time she's been in his court because of the mistakes she has made.
"I'm an alcoholic; that's my vice," Sepeda said.
"She's the follower. He boyfriend got her into it," Longo said a few minutes earlier.
As of March 26, 2010, Sepeda was arrested as a fugitive of justice in connection with a case filed in Delaware County Common Pleas Court. She was charged with possession of heroin and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.
In the local case, Sepeda was ordered to forfeit the $285 that was confiscated to police and reimburse the department $120 to cover the cost of drug testing. The judge also suspended her driver's license for six months.