Defendant says she's 'headed in a positive direction'

Judge sentences local woman guilty of taking advantage of elderly victim.
Cary Ashby
May 11, 2014

A woman convicted of taking advantage of an elderly victim during a checks-related crime said her "life is headed in a positive direction."

"I'm staying out of trouble," defendant Megan R. Wiseman said at her sentencing hearing Thursday.

Wiseman, who has a history of substance abuse, is in the middle of a Suboxone treatment. According to suboxone.com, it's used to suppress withdrawal symptoms from "opioid dependence-addiction" and reducing related cravings.

"I've been attending AA meetings; I even have a sponsor," Wiseman said.

In April, the defendant, 25, of 200 Benedict Ave., pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property in exchange for prosecutors dismissing one count of forgery. Wiseman committed the checks-related incident June 21 when she was on probation through Norwalk Municipal Court.

"She literally got caught at the bank. She didn't get it done," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said about the forgery allegation.

"I genuinely believe she's trying to get her life back on track," Longo added.

The public defender said he doesn't believe Wiseman was the main offender. Longo declined to say the male accomplice's name in court Thursday because he believes his office is representing the suspect in a different case.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled Wiseman knew the female victim, who is older than 70, "from the past" and took advantage of the dementia issues she has.

The judge said he turned down Wiseman's request for drug intervention due to her various probation violations through municipal court. Earlier in the hearing, the defendant said she realizes now she didn't take her community control sanctions seriously. As part of the intervention program, defendants won't have a conviction on their record if they successfully complete a certified substance abuse program.

On Thursday, Wiseman was sentenced to 60 days in the Huron County Jail on the work release program. Credited with already serving 11 days, she will serve the 49 days once an open slot is available. Wiseman's probation officer has the discretion of when to start an additional 60-day sentence or can ask the judge to waive it if she does well on community control.

She isn't allowed to have any association with the victim or be on her premises during her three years of intensive probation. Wiseman, who is subject to random drug screens, was fined $250.

Conway warned Wiseman he expects her to take her community control sanctions seriously because there are "more dire circumstances." If she violates the terms of her probation, she faces one year in prison.

Comments

J Cooper

She takes advantage of a senior citizen with dementia while she is already on probation and she only gets 60 days county time. Another example of Conway being part of the problem, not the solution.

m...w...k

The judge has to follow the laws. It is not like he wants to let them go. He does a great job. Exactly what he needs to do. This is why we don't see the cost of appeals in our county.

Judge Conway, keep up the good work.

benedict

"She literally got caught at the bank. She didn't get it done," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said about the forgery allegation. So is Longo saying it didn't count because "she didn't get it done?" This sounds so stupid!

Sailor Sam

Has HEROIN problem, goes to ALCOHOLIC'S Anonymous, has AA sponsor who has never used HEROIN...yeah...that makes @#$@ing sense...NOT!

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mikeylikesit

the right direction to the wedding chapel i hope!

lilmomma

This girl is such trash. She steals from everyone to support her drug habit. Throw her a** in jail

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mikeylikesit

im going to marry her! from now on we will both be high on love!

mcgoff01

You go Mikey.

Your neighbor

I don't get it!!!! She already went to court for this and got off pretty easy with probation, intervention program, can't remember all of it. Then she turns around and gets in trouble again and gets off with 60 days possibly when a slot comes open.

theunknownmessanger

i never knew heroin use made your eyebrows fall out....lookin good girl