Convicted heroin dealer Jason J. Patterson rubbed his face in apparent disappointment or surprise when the judge announced he would be receiving a jail term.
Patterson, 28, of Shelby, received a 90-day sentence Thursday in the Huron County Jail. The former Willard resident earlier pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin for a Dec. 28 controlled drug buy coordinated by the Huron County Sheriff's Office.
As part of his three years of intensive probation, Patterson was fined $250 and must reimburse the sheriff's office $40 to cover the cost of drug testing. He also had his driver's license suspended for six months, but can drive for the purposes of work, substance abuse treatment and probation appointments.
"Mr. Patterson was a very cooperative client," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said. "He worked very hard."
The defendant told the judge he had a job from January through "getting this case" and was fired later. He said he wanted the opportunity to continue looking for a job and keeping "my nose clean."
Patterson, who has no juvenile record, committed the heroin offense while on probation through Norwalk Municipal Court. Longo said a series of theft charges were for "driving off without paying for gas."
If Patterson violates the terms of his felony probation, he faces one year in prison.