Attorney: Morphine dealer wants to keep 'positive momentum'

Judge places local man on three years of basic probation.
Cary Ashby
May 10, 2014


"I know I've hurt myself, my friends and my family."

Convicted morphine dealer Eber J. Overly, however, told the judge he's "really sticking to" his treating his addiction.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told Overly he applauded him "for tackling that on your own."

The 35-year-old New London man started a substance abuse treatment facility March 25 and was successfully discharged April 22. Overly also has been attending four to five AA meetings each week.

Defense attorney James Mayer III said his client has been recommended for the after-care program at Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services and would be working with its counselors for four to six months. Mayer said Overly wants to "continue with the positive momentum" he has had with his treatment.

"His entire family is very happy with the effort he's made," the attorney added.

"Apparently he's doing quite well and on the right track," Huron County Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.

Overly was placed on three years of basic probation Wednesday.

The defendant had his driver's license suspended for six months, but can have driving privileges for treatment, probation office visits and employment. He was fined $250 and must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $105 to cover the cost of lab testing. His probation officer has the discretion of when to start a 90-day jail sentence or can ask the judge to waive it if Overly does well on probation.

If Overly violates the terms of his probation, he faces 18 months in prison.

In early March, Overly pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in morphine. The conviction is a July 31 controlled drug buy. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed two similar charges in connection with incidents on Aug. 1 and 2.

Conway said the defendant was eligible for a prison term because he had a prior felony conviction for attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The Norwalk Police Department investigated the Dec. 31, 2002 offense.

On Nov. 19, 2003, the former Norwalk and Monroeville resident was sentenced to 90 days in the Huron County Jail and placed on five years of intensive probation. Overly was classified as a sexually-oriented offender and had to register his address annually for 10 years. He also was ordered to pay about $1,579 in court costs and restitution.

Almost five years to the day of his sentencing hearing, the court ruled Overly was "unsuccessfully discharged from probation" and had his civil rights restored, according to court records.


J Cooper

Another Conway injustice, a dealer getting probation, and we wonder why the drug dealers are controlling our community.



Ben Crazy

At this rate they will never stop the drugs . Hang a couple in front of the courthouse. that will get their attention!


@ J Cooper and Ben Crazy you don't know all in this case just what the paper printed. He made a mistake and is now paying for it. The judge did what he thought was best. Stop throwing him under the bus. I know first hand that drugs are a big problem and would like them off the street. This Man admitted his guilt and is getting help for his problem and is trying to be a better person because of it.. I have seen people in the paper that have done far worse than this guy.. At least he didn't waste tax payers money on a trail like some do.


He will still sell sooner or later . And he is still driving everyday . There is no excuse for dealing drugs!.i'm sure the pd is watching him...


OHIO7777 There isn't any excuse for selling pills. How do you know that he is driving every day are you watching him???? I have passed this guy and there was a lady driving the auto.. It kills me that people cant believe that people can change. Move on and best wishes to this guy.


You have no idea who this man is. Do your research. He has been nothing but an addict since his adolescence. Alcohol, pot, heroin, young girls. He may not get caught that often but he is ALWAYS addicted to something or someone. But he always get a slap on the wrist & no real time. 90 days for molesting & ruining a young girls life & his own. & now once again ... 90 days, if his probation officer thinks he is not holding up his end. For using & selling morphine. Where did he get it? His own or is it someone he "cares" about meds, that they just may need. Please ... this guy is nothing but a complete & total mess up. Always has been ... always will be.


@ituswhatitis... I have done my research and you cant always believe everything. Sure he may have a past but we all do in some form or another. I have seen people judge someone for the tattoos and think that just because they have them they are bad news. I know that it public record of the stuff he has done but you only get what they post and not all the facts in the case. So how well do you know this man??? You sound like you know him personally. Well I don't see why this paper must always bring up the past on someone? What this guy did 10 years ago had nothing to do with what he did now.. Just goes to show that this country has nothing better to report in the news that is news worthy. Well anyway best of luck to him that AA helps him...GOD bless him


She knows alot about him i'm sure .i bet she is the passenger in the car .joke of new lon. im sure lol. Get off gov funds and get a job. Pills/dope/etc is not a job....


@ wowman ... you sound like you THINK you know him now. Why else would defend Him so? True ... everyone has a past. But most don't included being found drunk as a teenager, in the gutters of downtown Norwalk, passed out and bleeding. And when questioned by the police, he blames a friend. Then later let's everyone know he cut himself up with a broken bottle. Most don't use heroin with a group of teenagers when he is an adult. Shooting up in his tattoo lines so no one will see his tracks. Most don't molest a friends 14yr old daughter and say she came on to him. Most have not been diagnosed broader line schizophrenic and bipolar. He is a useless addict who self mediates with drugs and alcohol. Every time he gets caught he "cleans up" his life. And everyone just enables him by slapping him on the hands. He needs committed or real jail time. He has a life long pattern here. Wake up.