Heroin defendant pleads innocent

Local resident accused of being heroin dealer is set free on promise to return for future court hearings.
Cary Ashby
Jan 22, 2014

A Bellevue man accused of selling heroin goes to trial April 10.

Daniel P. Ruffing, 27, of 113 Hobson St., is charged with trafficking in heroin. His indictment alleges he committed the April 16 offense in the vicinity of a school.

A prosecutor had requested Ruffing be held on 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, but Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the defendant doesn't have any family in the area and he has a construction job.

Ruffing said he doesn't have any prior felony convictions and isn't on probation. Longo said the only charge he knows of is driving with a suspended license.

The defendant was released on a personal recognizance bond after Tuesday's arraignment. That means he signed a court document promising he would return for future hearings without having to pay any money.

Comments

Windy

"The defendant was released on a personal recognizance bond..."

This article doesn't mention his name, but we all know this is the work of our own Judge Conway. How many defendants haven't shown up this year after being released only on their word? I have lost count.

"Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
~Albert Einstein

BIG EYES

I believe this is the first time someone has been released on personal recognizance for this charge, at least what I have seen. I do believe he has family around here but they dis owned him. everyone is entitled to bond and be free while waiting for trial. There is a formal indictment hearing, A first pre trial hearing and then a second pretrial hearing. if there is no bargain at the second pretrial then it goes to trial. if you plead guilty at the second pretrial you will then be given a sentencing date. You're entitled to be free tell that sentencing date unless you break the bond or some other circumstance. I know of a case or someone didn't show up for their sentencing. it was a felony drug possession. The condition of the bond was to be subject to random drug testing and any positive drug test the bond would be revoked.. this person was never drug tested at any time. that's about a three month. Time frame could of been tested. this person is well known to the court and didn't do so well. They could have tested this person any day of the week and they would have tested positive, and their bond would have been revoked and put in jail. So on sentencing day, they took off because they were strung out,they didn't want to go to jail or prison. If this person was drug tested during this process they be in jail or prison.