Heroin possessor doesn't see himself 'returning to that lifestyle for any reason'

Defendant gets three years of probation and no additional jail time unless he violates the rules.
Cary Ashby
Oct 11, 2013


A Norwalk man who graduated from the Huron County Juvenile Court drug program was sentenced Wednesday for having heroin while hiding from police.

Keith S. Fox Jr., 27, of 208 E. Ohio 61, Apt. B, pleaded guilty in late August to possession of heroin.

As part of his three years of probation, he must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $40 for the cost of drug testing. Fox also was fined $250, had his driver's license suspended for six months and is subject to random drug screens.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway imposed a discretionary 90-day jail term Wednesday. That means Fox's probation officer could have the defendant serve that at his or her discretion or ask the court to have it waived if Fox does well on community control.

"I want to make sure you get active with (substance abuse) treatment," Conway told Fox.

On March 16, 2012, police caught Fox hiding behind a utility pole at the corner of Whittlesey Avenue and Washington Street. Huron County Prosecutor Leffler has said officers questioned the defendant, who was wanted on some Norwalk Municipal Court warrants for violating his probation and during a subsequent search, police found a syringe and heroin in Fox's possession.

Fox served two months in the Huron County Jail for the probation violation.

"I think those 60 days were a wake-up call," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said at Wednesday's sentencing hearing. "I'm not aware of him getting into any trouble after serving those 60 days.

"Mr. Fox has been working steadily. ... He's a good worker and they do like him," Longo added.

Fox, who said he's been sober since his 2012 arrest, was released from jail Oct. 3.

"I can't see returning to that lifestyle for any reason," the defendant said.

If Fox violates the terms of his probation, he faces one year in prison.



I sure hope you stay sober and away from that crap.I'm wishing you all the best.


Stay clean, and it starts with the people you around....souround yourself with a positive influence and more than likely you will have a positive result.. I am glad to hear of someone doing good


I've already been clean for over a year and a half, my sobriety date is actually my arrest date in march of 12, I have actually done exceedingly well thus far in my own opinion... and I have no intent or want of doing otherwise, life is so much better not to mention different, being a junky really does feel like it was 2 lifetimes ago, but thank you both for having something positive to say, it really is appreciated, I got on here with the expectation of having to defend myself, it was refreshing to see otherwise!


I wish you all the luck in the world... Hope you find your happiness else where, instead of with the drugs. Sounds like your doing good.....


Very proud of your determination and so happy to hear a story of this turnaround, most commenters on hear don't feel anyone can turn their lives around and I am one who knows from a family member that YES YOU CAN IF YOU WANT TO!!!! Good luck with your sobriety and always remain positive with positive people and you will succeed!!!!


prayer for ya man its a battle


Congrats on your sobriety-it's a long and hard road but it's so worth it! You can do it -just take it day by day and always remember you DESERVE a better life than what you had!:)


Thank you all very much! I really do appreciate the fact that everyone on here isn't just talking a bunch of smack. And I do deserve better than that, everyone does, I wouldn't wish being a junky on my worst enemy. I'm reaching out and taking what I deserve now though, I'm a husband and a father, and its a far better fate than being a homeless junky, I actually look forward to every waking moment now, when your stretched out all of the hopelessness really does make it impossible to see or believe that you will ever have happiness again, I wish everyone could see that it really is just right there, one just has to take it back.