Drug defendant disappointed in herself is sent to prison

"Unresolved grief" blamed for relapse; Judges hopes prison term will be "a wake-up call."
Cary Ashby
Jun 5, 2014


Drug defendant Minniebelle A. Yates gave her probation officer a long hug after hearing she was going to prison for one year.

Due to the time she has been behind bars so far, Yates, 32, will have about four months to serve for violating her probation. At Wednesday's hearing, the recent New London woman admitted to violating her curfew May 10 and on the next day, testing positive for three drugs at the Huron County Jail.

"This is her second violation of probation," said Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper, who recommended a 14-month prison term for Yates.

"She continues to suffer from drug abuse and drug addiction. ... She is no longer amenable to community control sanctions," Kasper added.

Yates said she's disappointed in herself and the way she's disappointed so many other people. She said she should be strong enough to stay off drugs, but has to assert herself.

"I don't want to be kicked off probation. I don't want to go to prison," Yates said.

Her underlying conviction is theft of drugs for a June 19, 2012 incident involving a friend. As part of a plea deal in mid-January 2013, prosecutors dismissed a separate charge of safecracking.

Yates successfully completed a community-based corrections facility on Oct. 22, 2013. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"I was really happy when I came out of the CBCF. It's a really good program; I'd recommend it to anyone," Yates said Wednesday.

Less than a month after leaving the CBCF, Yates was sanctioned for failing to report her contact with law enforcement and associating with a known felon, probation officer Andrea Cooke told the court.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Yates derived a lot of benefit from her time in the CBCF, but blamed part of her problems on "unresolved grief" since several of her loved ones have died. One of the defendant's sisters died from cancer recently.

"She had one sister that was murdered," Longo said.

Also, the public defender said Yates took the death of a man whom she'd been dating and was hit and killed by a train very hard. The man apparently was a felon, but Yates' attorney said his client didn't know that at first. Longo also said Yates demanded to see the victim afterward, but given his injuries, it probably wasn't a very good idea.

"She went downhill from there," Longo added.

The defendant underwent counseling and then had a drug-related relapse.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told Yates he hopes the prison term will be "a wake-up call."

"You've already had the CBCF treatment. You know what you have to do," he said.



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sounds like people who really know how to live! i want to marry her!


...c'mon now, mikey ...not even lara croft here'd satisfy you for long...


And incestuous group... neg... batman so whats ur name or r u gonna hide behinde ur fake one.. and how would u know something like that unless u were right there.


Not makeing excuses for her i agree she needs real time locked up to straighten out! With that said she lost 2 sisters and also needs to learn the people selling her drugs etc ARENT true friends. MINNIE i know deep down your a good person i knew you when you was like many she needs get away from old friends realize theres a point in life you grow up change if you dont its a never ending cycle. She has GOOD in her she just needs go back to that way again!


Listen madre I dont know who u think u r but I know the whole family pretty well and before u go running ur large mouth u might wanna think about some stuff... ur right her parents do raise her children but she isnt out reproducing more thank u very much.. and another thing her parents have more heart than u could wish to have. To me u are someone who hides behind ur fake name to run ur mouth on here. Her father does what it takes to make sure his family has what they have and they dont receive help from any gov. Crap so maybe get crap straight.. I would dare u to come to there face to say something like that.. and their boys that I know guarantee make more in 3 months than u make n a year.. and not one other child does drugs besides her... I know them all very well.... and to talk about there grandchildren wow what a low life loser to be talking about children u should really just never talk again.... thank u captin dip. Minnie is actually a good person she just makes bad choices and its the ppl she is around like her no good bf..


I know Minnie better than a lot of people and yes she makes horrible decisions. She has had one hell of a past when it comes to grief. No it doesn't justify her faults but that's her life. It amazes me how so many people can talk about how horrible she is without actually knowing her. How many skeletons do you have in your closet to be pointed at. And "madre" you clearly have no idea what your talking about. Her father works his butt off to make sure his family has what they need. Her parents are there for anyone who needs them and help anyway they can. They do not receive help from the government and Minnie is the only one of their children who has problems like this. Her brothers work themselves to death to support their families. Her sisters raise their own children and work. They do not steal or cheat for anything. And who cares if they were born from wedlock the parents are still married they all had a happy life with everything they needed... and it was taken care of by their parents not " the tax payers dollars. " Truly pathetic is what you are. Especially to comment about innocent children.

Dr. Information

Nearly every single person you read about in this paper that goes to CBCF or whatever addiction place of choice, you read about again, shortly after, still on drugs, failing tests and blaming everyone else but themselves.


I agree.


Wow.. It never ceases to amaze me how cruel people can be. I've known this family for years and you can't find a nicer group of people. You say they live off the government? Wrong!!! They have to bust there butt for the things they have. Even if they did get assistance... SO WHAT!! over half of the state of Ohio recieve assistance. She is going to serve her time and is taking full responsibility for her actions. More than I can say about a lot of people. So before you go pointing the finger and running your mouth about things that are so far beyond you... You might want to think before you make yourself look stupid. Too late though!! Your petty and have no clue what your talking about "madre"


I'm sure it isn't her fault, so leave her alone! Those pesky drug dealers and addicts made her do it all! Hope she rots...


I'd hit it, twice!


I believe minnies a good person down inside matter fact i know that HOWEVER 4 months will never teach her NEVER thats a slap on the wrist. She needs a year hard time to wake her up. I to know the family and got say im laughing at some portraying her brothers out as angels THATS bs her younger brother did drugs her younger brother was sleeping with a married woman so because they work long hours means nothing!


Togbert actually she took all the guilt and she is goin to do her time... so I u rott. All u ppl on here that just talk all day behind ur fake names u all kill me. I know she has done alot of wrong things but its so hard to get away when u get n that spot.. and as far as her brother there speak... so what if he did thats the past.. r u jelouse of them.. because they get better than u.. im good friends w both her brothers and they r good ppl and would help any one if they need. But dont make them mad thats for sure. So thank u for looking stupid... real brilliant ppl on here I c...


O by the way minnie has no younger brother wow u realky know them well dont ya.. some ppl r dumb I would love to know what ur real names are but of course u wont let that out... because u have alot of dirt on u im sure.. so lets not point any fingers at anyone... we all do things we regret but we live and learn for most of us..


I think you need to try and read your own statement before you call someone stupid- I would imagine if you are friends with her, you're probably a low life piece of trash that need to rot also. You sound like a Walmart Special in your comments. Go back to school so you can lick the strawberry windows on the short bus you tool.


THE ONE your friends with them so of course youll say they do no wrong i ment the youngest of the 2 brothers idiot! second off if you can read i said minnies a good person who just makes bad mistakes so nowhere did i trash her.call me what you want but i know for a fact her brother did drugs i know for a back he destroyed a married family sleeping around with the wife your BLIND because your his friend!

You think i dont know them idiot they lived on washburn for years in a mobile home i know every last 1 of them i also knew the sister who was murdered so get your facts straight!the dad used sing maybe still does used repair tvs etc hmm thought i didnt know them lol