Woman gets early release from prison

Defendant was part of drug ring that contributed to death of 20-year-old woman in Huron County Jail.
Cary Ashby
Jan 29, 2014

 

A woman who was serving a lengthy prison term for helping deal drugs in the local jail has been released early.

Angela R. Tuttle, 34, formerly of Akron, was sentenced to four years in prison in July 2012.

"I've been doing a lot of programs and working on myself the whole two years," she told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway on Monday.

She was convicted of three counts of trafficking various drugs for the circumstances March 9, 2012 that led to the death of fellow Huron County Jail inmate Jesika L. Skelton. The distribution of oxycodone, oxymorphone and Xanax caused several overdoses and led to the March 11, 2012 death of Skelton, 20, of Norwalk. Her death was ruled accidental.

Skelton's cellmate, Mindy L. Gallagher, 24, is serving an eight-year prison term at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. On July 31, 2012, she pleaded guilty to one count each of reckless homicide, trafficking in drugs and illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a detention facility plus a separate charge of theft.

Gallagher smuggled stolen pills and tablets into the jail in her vagina and traded them for commissary items. Authorities said the drugs belonged to a woman who was staying at the Norwalk Econolodge and Gallagher stole them, with the assistance of two male suspects -- her boyfriend and her cousin.

Tuttle, in a separate case, was convicted of possessing heroin during a Dec. 23, 2011 drug bust by the Huron County Sheriff's Office special response team and Bellevue Police Department at a Bellevue hotel. Authorities said she put heroin in her vagina as officers burst through the door.

Recently, Tuttle has been screened and accepted into Life Challenge, the Detroit branch of Teen Challenge. The Christian-based, year-long substance abuse program is for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions.

"We're willing to give her a chance," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said Monday.

Tuttle will be subject to random drug screens while on three years of probation. She will be supervised at a high level.

"I expect you to make a full effort," Conway, the judge, told Tuttle.

She will remain at the jail until her sister can pick her up Feb. 4 to drive her to Life Challenge.

Comments

brickley77

Now that's scary

happyfeet64

WTF guys?!!! First the guy getting a plea deal after killing that young woman in Bellevue and now this? I'm speechless

methodman

Another wife for Mikey.

mikeylikesit

all the womerns likes me..

mikeylikesit

and i love all the womern too, yeah, yeah.. but i gotta slow down. i didnt know the situation a few before this one was a double wedding til i clicked on the story & im still waiting for my other honey to break out of jail so we can do the honeymoon in mexico! by the way, it was a beautiful jailhouse wedding! c'mon methodman, help an old man out. this one is for you. im still wearing my tux from the jailhouse wedding, i'll be your best man!

citizen4change

I bet $10 that her and her sister run off. It's hard to get out that life style when the whole family is involved and you have no "sober" support system to run to. I hope she does get the help she needs and chooses to be straight and sober. How do you change when your whole life since you was a kid has been this life style? It will be hard. I will say a prayer for you and I hope you prove me wrong.

TOPGUN01

You got it!She will not stay clean!If she goes back to the hole she come from!Thats a fact!

AEversole

No one made that girl snort them pills that killed her, there is no one to blame except herself... People o d everyday and no one gives it a second thought. I know it sounds cruel but its the truth. I have read about multiple people I knew and went to school with die from drugs and no one gave a crap.

OMGNEWS

Nope......Still not giving a crap. that is how them pills will get ya.