Heroin defendant who overdosed on Norwalk street is sent to prison

Norwalk man found face down and "foaming at the mouth."
Cary Ashby
Oct 24, 2013

A Norwalk man was sentenced to eight months in prison Tuesday for a heroin-related overdose in the city.

Jason R. Raymond, 32, most recently of 88 S. Linwood Ave., pleaded guilty to possession of heroin.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway followed the joint recommendation between the state and public defender and then sentenced Raymond to an eight-month prison term. The defendant, whose driver's license was suspended for six months, must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the state generously had offered to recommend some form of probation, which could include local jail time. However, he said Raymond is on probation through Lorain County, but authorities there made it clear this was the defendant's absolute last chance.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler shared the circumstances of the May 27 incident.

Police and North Central EMS responded to the report of an overdose in front of a city business.

"Hypodermic needles were found protruding out of the defendant's pockets," Leffler said.

First-responders found Raymond passed out, face down and "foaming at the mouth ... in the streets of Norwalk," Leffler said.

"The defendant has a long history of problems in the area. He was a good kid growing up, but for some reason, has decided to go down this path," the prosecutor said.

"This is his fifth felony conviction," added Leffler, who said he hopes Raymond will get a handle on his heroin addiction.

Comments

lugnut2511

Well with 8 months to serve, I really hope this young man can get some help, clean up his act and be a outstanding citizen. Don't be negative on this guy, addictions are the worse!! I've seen it first hand destry families, lifes in general. If only there was a place we could sent these addicts that actually works instead of crowding our prison with drug addicts. The local community based whatever its called doesnt work as we see almost all of them back in the paper during their stay there or shortly after leaving there

NORBILLIES

So we have an answer. Five. It takes five felony convictions before you get jail time. How will you be spending yours?

Wildbunch3

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ladydye_5

"but authorities there made it clear this was the defendant's absolute last chance"......ohhhh "absolute", sounds like they mean business. I won't hold my breath.

Scranton Tibbs

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savage_henry

Where are you getting your info from norbillies? He has def been to prison before, and cbcf, and jail plenty of times... my first arrest as an adult for trafficking in mj netted me a felony conviction and 90 days in jail, for an 8th of pot... they send people to cbcf abd things of that nature so that they can at least be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to be sober, it is a proven fact that sending addicts to prison has a higher increase of recidivism than rehabilitation.

Blaze

Dang Jason...drugs have taken a toll on your looks. You were such a good guy in your younger years. Hope you can get clean.