Heroin dealers released early from prison

Judge sends man and woman to CBCFs.
Cary Ashby
Feb 25, 2014


A judge ruled Monday that two prison inmates were good candidates to be released early.

Valerie S. Gates, 39, of Mansfield, and Ryan L. Porter, 22, of Shiloh, are now on three years of intensive probation. As a condition of community control, they will spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse and education.

Gates has five months in prison hanging over her head if she violates her probation. She originally was given an 11-month sentence for trafficking in heroin. Her conviction is for a Jan. 17, 2013 incident.

Porter, who faces 17 months for a probation violation, initially was sentenced to 23 months in prison for trafficking in heroin.

His conviction is for a Dec. 12, 2012 incident. Porter sold two balloons of heroin to a confidential informant on Gallup Avenue in Norwalk during the controlled drug buy.

"You have some significant time hanging over your head," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told Porter.

Prosecutors didn't have any opposition to the defendants being released early. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he hopes Porter uses his time at the CBCF and gets off heroin.

"That's the most important thing," he added.

"I want to thank you for the opportunity," Porter told the judge.

Each defendant will be held in the Huron County Jail until they are transferred to a CBCF.




More winners on the streets!


Watched1s you are far worse than any addict so why don't you mins your own business and leave others alone! You are a coward!!


awe isn't that sweet defending dirtbag drug dealers. The crap he peddles kills people and ruins lives, grow up.

swiss family

OK ... Nonethe".............you must be family, so go ahead and tell us what a great guy he really is, and that it is God's job to judge him, and that he has a disease,and that he tries to stay out of trouble, but his friends make him do illegal stuff... we have all heard it too many times.


They should really have a "like" button on here lol


While it is your opinion to whether or not people such as drug dealers or addicts will never get their lives straight, some of them do end up turning their lives around. You may not believe it, but that doesn't mean it never happens. And I've seen it happen. Also Watched_1s, thanks for your service.


WoooHOOO...Club Rehab!!


None the less, I'm a coward? You don't know me. But I'll let you in on a little secret. I served at war for this country. More than you have or probably ever will do.


thanks for your service


Thank you for giving me a reason...unlike some of the scum around here.


As a vet myself I know how you feel.


Thank you as well


Yea it sickens me to see my home town full of drugs and low life people. No place for children


so thats what a neckbeard looks like..

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"You mean your beard just grows in all white-trashy like that?"-Dennis Miller


ha ha joe dirt great movie


Porter is a childhiod friend of mine that needs to get it together. This wasn't enough time for him. I love this guy and want to see him better but this just won't help! I know my friend I've tried helping it gets me and him both nowhere. I just hope he can get it together I just don't see it happening this way.