Unemployed heroin defendant told to show effort on probation

Prosecutor says local 24-year-old man dropped out of school in ninth grade and has "never been employed before."
Cary Ashby
Jan 24, 2014


An unemployed Norwalk man with a drunk-driving conviction must complete his GED while on probation for a heroin offense.

Shane J. Nichols, 24, of 2850 Zenobia Road, pleaded guilty in December to possession of heroin.

On Thursday, he was ordered to undergo random drug screens and substance abuse counseling as part of his three years of intensive probation. Nichols also was fined $250 and must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Investigation $35 to cover the cost of drug testing.

His probation officer has the discretion of when to impose a 90-day jail sentence.

"He's indicated he's never been employed before. ... He indicated he dropped out of school in ninth grade," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said he had considered sentencing Nichols to an immediate jail sentence, but it was unclear why he decided give the defendant a shot at community control sanctions. The judge told Nichols he needs to show some effort on probation due to his substance abuse issues, lack of productivity and not having a job.

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

On April 11, the Huron County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic disturbance at Nichols' home. Shenker has said the property owner -- the defendant's grandfather -- reported his grandson had been using illegal drugs and requested deputies search the home.

Deputies seized separate baggies containing a straw, spoon and paper, all with suspected heroin residue, as evidence from the bedroom Nichols used. A test at the BCI lab later determined there was a trace amount of heroin on the paper.

Nichols, starting in mid-November 2011, served 30 days in jail for driving under the influence.

The conviction was for a minor, two-vehicle collision Aug. 7, 2011 that involved a woman who was about seven months pregnant at the time. She later went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with possible injuries, where hospital officials determined she and her unborn child were OK.

Troopers with the state Highway Patrol conducted a series of field sobriety tests on Nichols, which he failed. He also submitted a urine test, which tested positive later for amphetamine.

Last year, Nichols served a four-month jail sentence for violating his Norwalk Municipal Court probation by using then 3-year-old son's urine during a drug screen. He was on the drug court program for the DUI conviction at the time.


swiss family

Are you kidding me??? what is the problem Conway??? OK lets look at this criminal... he is 24, and dropped out of school, and claims to hane never had a job, well read between the lines.. how did he make money??? perhaps selling drugs??? that would be my guess, so he has been slapped on the hand how many times, he even used his 3 year olds son urine to try to fool a drug test, and you give him "intense probation????it is no longer a joke.. it is a crime, not just what this criminal is enabled to do to the good people in the community, but it is also a crime that you keep allowing these law breaking drug sellers who will never get a job, will never be a productive member of society, and is only limited in the types and amount of crimes he commits depending on what opportunities to see a chance to screw a community member over....you are a joke Conway, and a bad one at that


he should run for president..


Parents on welfare too? Or no? Just curious. I don't know them at all, just seems like they follow mommy n daddy alot


All I want to know is why a women in her right mind would bed down with him and make a child seeing there is no future in it for the child, that is not a father, that is just a sperm donor.There is no future in it for her,unless she is working to keep him up, they will Always be on the dole


I wondered the same thing. Why would anyone want to expand THAT gene pool?


He lives with his very old grandparents who aren't "all there" ... he was always very nice to everyone and got along with people... he just isn't very bright. Liked to cause trouble. As you can already tell. He definitely needs more than intense probation. He needs to be in jail.

Ben Crazy

He would do a better job than obama!


Poster child for dregs-of-society euthanasia program.