Suspected shoplifter pleads guilty to three drug felonies

Woman to remain behind bars until she is sentenced next month.
Cary Ashby
Jan 14, 2014

 

A former Norwalk woman who will be sentenced next month for three drug-related felonies is accused of shoplifting in Cuyahoga County.

Stephanie L. (Broz) Cleveland, 27, of Sandusky, pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of trafficking in Suboxone, possession of methadone and possession of heroin.

"The state will dismiss the balance of the indictment," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler told the court.

As part of the plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss one count each of trafficking in Alprazalam and trafficking in Suboxone. The Norwalk Police Department investigated each of the five offenses.

At the time of Cleveland's Feb. 26 sentencing, Leffler said the state wouldn't be opposed to transitional control if the court gave the defendant a sentence longer than two years in prison. Transitional control could include four to six months in a community-based corrections facility or a halfway house. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

On Nov. 21, 2012, Cleveland sold .1 gram of suboxone to someone for $60 and then on July 4, 2013, police found a small amount of methadone and heroin in her residence, Leffler said.

Cleveland faces six to 12 months on each of her three fifth-degree felonies. She is eligible for prison because she has a prior felony conviction.

On Dec. 16, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway revoked Cleveland's $20,000 bond. He said Monday the decision was based on a motion from the county prosecutor's office and two reports of "theft-related crimes."

Defense attorney Reese Wineman told the court he has learned the Cuyahoga County charges will end up being misdemeanors.

When addressing bond, Leffler requested either Cleveland's bond remain revoked or be increased to $40,000.

Wineman said Cleveland's mother had offered to have her daughter live with her on house arrest. The mother declined to be interviewed after the hearing.

Conway said he didn't believe house arrest was a wise decision and made no changes to the defendant's revoked bond. That means Cleveland will remain in the Huron County Jail until her sentencing hearing.

In late September 2008, Cleveland was sentenced to three years in prison for trafficking in heroin. She forfeited her 2001 Honda Accord to the state. Cleveland was arrested June 5, 2008 after she went to Columbus and bought 41 balloons, or doses, of heroin and as she returned to Huron County, she called various people to make delivery arrangements.

She was arrested during a Benedict Avenue traffic stop when her then-infant son was in the car. The boy, who was 2 months old at the time, was placed with Huron County Children Services and later, his paternal grandmother.

Cleveland's father and stepmother now have custody of both of her children.

"I learned a lot in prison about myself. I'll take that and move on," Cleveland said in 2010. "Any extra help I'm grateful for. ... What was supposed to happen happened."

In June 2010, Conway released her from prison into a CBCF. The judge complimented her for "doing very well with your time in prison" and completing "a good number of programs."

Cleveland's latest charges are the result of a secret indictment issued in November.

Comments

Gordon Gekko

OMG!
These female criminals from Norwalk are so hot. I grew up in Norwalk and now live in Cleveland. You should see the hags they arrest here in Cleveland. I think I would put up the bail money for this chick.

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JMOP

Haha.. She's pretty, and has a nice smile, but she's gonna lose all that if she remains on this path of life.

Call Me Crazy

Im sure it wasn't her pants they found it in, and if they did she was just holding it for someone. So lets slap her wrists and send her on her merry way. Because, after all she is pretty.....pretty much wasting her life along with her childrens....how sad...grow up and quit putting it in your nose or veins! SICKENING! NORWALK IS JUST SICKENING!!!! PUKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wildbunch3

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JACKEL

Did you get too wild ?

Betherella

I honestly hope her mother doesn't let her move in, especially if the mother is the one who has custody of her children. She shouldn't be able to be around her children. And she shouldn't be allowed in that house. She will just keep stealing (like she probably has for years). I know it. I have a sister just like her. I wouldn't even let her live with my dog.

Commenter

Drop the charges, lessen the punishment and let her out to do it again. THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH the system. Drug abusers get off way to easy. Harsher penalties will deter some.
I know someone recently who had their DUI reduced down to Reckless OP What's it take? A death? Seriously. Frustrated at the system.

deertracker

Why no mug shot picture?

Wildbunch3

Why does everyone else get a ugly mug shot and she get a cute fb picture???? Does she have some pull at the reflector?

TheGravyWhisperer

...perhaps its a mural on the cement block wall ...you know, an attempt to dress it up a little; add a little class?

rickross2

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Call Me Crazy

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Wildbunch3

That still isn't a recent picture! That was taken from years ago, the first time she was charged with trafficking.

hairgirl1

YES!! That is a recent picture.. It was taken a couple months ago. I love how people talk crap about nothing they know about!!

Wildbunch3

I was referring to a link they had posted with her mug shot on it! Calm down!

Korrupttown88

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Call Me Crazy

well Korrupttown88....I personally don't care about snitches or people who wear wires....they shouldn't put themselves in a situation as such to begin with. Stay off the sauce and there will be no snitching, wire wearing, getting caught problems. But unfortunately Norwalk is infested with worthless scum who already know they wont get in much trouble for possessing heroin, or dealing it for that matter. I often wonder what a person things when they first try the garbage...like they are invincible? They wont get addicted? They wont die? And most of these people come from a string of friends who they have watched DIE, yet they still choose to bang it? Retards as far as Im concerned and let them kill themselves slowly. Don't administer Narcan or whatever the crap is, we don't need to bring a heroin addict back to life so they can bang more heroin ....sorry

Kingsin

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hairgirl1

she most certainly does look like this now! This picture was taken a couple months ago..

Korrupttown88

@call me crazy. I agree with you but she's a hypocrit. She was selling dope but then snitching on everyone else that was doing it. She lives a fake life. She's always on Facebook saying she's clean and doing great which is a total lie. She's as worthless as all the other junkies and she doesn't need to have custody of those kids. Karma is just now coming back to haunt her and it isn't over yet.

Call Me Crazy

Oh I believe it Korrupttown88, most addicts are hypocrits and will do anything to save their ass so they don't get locked up and can continue to use. Im sure she makes everyone around her codependent due to being enabled. Addicts have to WANT to get clean and stay clean and practice programs, steps, read, get involved and stay involved in sobriety.

onegirlarmy

Smh!

Wildbunch3

Where are all her friends defending her this? She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time...or as she put on fb, she was "setup"! PLEASE!!!! Hopefully people are seeing her true colors finally!

hairgirl1

well apparently some of you people don't know her to well. That is a new picture of her it was taken a couple months ago. And everyone just goes by what they hear about her or convict her cause of her past. She has been clean for a great deal of time and was doing very well. This girl had a 98% gpa at school and almost 100% attendance. I just love how everyone is so quick to judge her. I really hope all of you live a squeaky clean life, but most of the time it's easier to talk about someone else to take the light off of you. And it's easier to talk crap about someone behind a fake name and a computer. These comments are sickening and appalling. And the reflector has done nothing but glorify all the bad she has been accused of. Why is it that what she did 7 years ago has to be brought up? It don't...And why must there be a place to comment? It's ridiculous!! Most of you only know what you have read in the paper or heard second hand. Instead of spending your energy hating this girl so much spend your energy and get a constructive hobby!!!!

WASPISBACK

What is a 98% GPA? Grade Point Average is 0.00-4.00. So are you saying she had a 0.98? Which is 98% of 1... or are you saying you do for standing up for some low life trashy heroin addict? Hey- no need to get angry with me..just a simple point.

Wildbunch3

I was wondering the same thing!!! Obviously Elite has a bright bunch :)

movinonup333

LMAO

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