A Norwalk man who violated his probation due to a positive drug screen was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison.
Matthew S. Griggs, 31, of 1243 S. Norwalk Road, had been placed on three years of community control sanctions March 14, 2013. He was ordered to pay more than $19,000 in restitution to the victims and serve 180 days in the Huron County Jail on the work release program.
Probation officer Dexter Chandler told the court Griggs didn't find a job before his report date, so he had to serve the entire sentence and later quit a job at a fast-food restaurant. Chandler also said the defendant tested positive for oxycodone and cocaine.
Griggs, at Tuesday's hearing, admitted to violating a written sanction March 7 when he was told not to use drugs that weren't prescribed to him and the next day, he tested positive for opiates. Also, the defendant hadn't made any restitution payments since October.
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled the restitution would be reduced to judgment and encouraged Griggs to find a job once he's out of prison so he can pay off the "substantial" amount of money.
The defendant's underlying convictions are attempted tampering with evidence for an Aug. 14, 2012 incident and theft, covering an offense between July 14 and 21, 2012. Conway ordered Griggs to serve an 18-month prison term on each charge at the same time. The sentence was a joint recommendation between Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.
Griggs will be on three years of parole, but the judge said he would consider releasing him early into a community-based corrections facility depending on how Griggs adjusts to prison. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education