Heroin defendant gets jail time

Norwalk woman violates terms of her probation.
Cary Ashby
Jan 28, 2014


A heroin addict will be unsuccessfully kicked off probation after serving a 30-day jail sentence for violating the terms of her community control sanctions.

Sarah J. Schnell, 25, of 69 Harris St., admitted to using heroin Dec. 24 and tested positive later for drug usage. Also, on Dec. 14, she failed to follow the written order of her probation officer and associated with a male subject.

In late May 2011, Schnell pleaded guilty to possession of heroin in exchange for the state dismissing one count of trafficking in heroin. She was placed on three years of probation in early July 2011.

Schnell completed a community-based corrections facility program in November 2011 and later underwent "continuing care" through Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

By September 2012, probation officers dropped Schnell down to basic probation.

Probation officer Jim Zappa told the court Monday that about a year later, the defendant showed signs of drug use and said her heroin problem eventually "gained ground on her."

Then on Dec. 24, Zappa said Schnell told him her heroin addiction was more than she could handle and the only way she could remain sober was to be jailed.

"She was placed in custody and that's what brings her to court today," Zappa told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Schnell and her accomplice were arrested Jan. 3, 2011 after a two-week investigation by Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton. He has said the other woman, former Norwalk resident Joellie R. Welch, now 41, was out of prison for about three weeks when police received reports "right away" of her being involved in selling heroin and detectives later made some controlled buys off Welch.

In late June 2011, Welch was sentenced to 11 months in prison for trafficking in heroin. She also forfeited her 1997 Mercury Tracer.



Seems like this isn't the first time someone from 69 Harris st. has gone to jail


Sarah get it together girl! Your better then this b#!!$hit!

swiss family

I had top read this, because from the headlines... I couldn't believe that Judge Conway actually sent someone to prison???? Then, I read that this girl told her probation officer that she could only stay sober if she went to prison... so she basically sentenced herself.... Judge please see this and let it sink in... she is representing heroin sellers and users, and she is saying that she needs prison time... maybe you should start seeing things her way


im in love with this girl! looks like there may have to be a jailhouse wedding complete with a beautiful wedding cake with a file inside. after the daring escape, we will run to mexico for a wonderful reception and hang around til we learn the language and get good tans! from there we will hire a coyote to sneak us back illegally, where we will then live on love and all the benefits the USA has to offer. sounds like the american dream to me!