A North Fairfield man whose attorney said "he has been trying to make something for himself" told the judge Wednesday that sending him back to prison wouldn't do any good for him or the public.
In early April, Raymond Caudill Jr., 43, of 100 S. Main St., Lot 42, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said authorities found .02 grams of heroin -- "essentially a residue amount of heroin" -- during a consent search Oct. 29.
Citing Caudill's substantial criminal record as an adult, which includes "pages and pages of misdemeanors" and prior prison terms, Kasper requested the defendant receive a mid-range prison sentence. The fifth-degree felony was punishable by six to 12 months.
"There are some felony offenses. There are some drug offenses," Kasper added.
Caudill has been attending AA and NA meetings.
"I'm actually attending AA meetings and getting something out of them," he told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
The defendant said he would prefer to be placed on probation instead of getting a prison term and have "time on the shelf."
"I think he has been taking responsibility for himself," Huron County Public Defender David Longo told the judge. "I think he's been trying to make something of himself."
After hearing from each side, Conway told Caudill he's glad to hear he is taking positive steps in his life, but his record indicates he wouldn't be a good candidate for probation.
Caudill was sentenced to nine months in prison. He must reimburse the Willard Police Department $40 to cover the cost of drug testing. Caudill's driver's license was suspended for six months.
After announcing his decision, Conway told the defendant he hopes after he's released from prison he'll continue to stay on the right path and obtain a job.