A convicted heroin dealer was released early from prison Monday into a locked-down treatment facility.
Jedidiah A. Wimer, 21, most recently of Sandusky, is now on three years of parole. He earlier was screened for acceptance into a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
"It was reported to the court he would be a good candidate. A bed would be available (at the CBCF) July 1," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said.
Wimer will be held in the Huron County Jail until he is released to a CBCF, where defendants spend four to six months.
As conditions of his post-release control, Wimer isn't allowed to leave Ohio without the permission of his probation officer. He also must have full-time, verifiable employment, is subject to random drug screens and undergo substance abuse counseling. Wimer also must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.
In early February, Wimer was convicted of an Oct. 11 buy-bust coordinated by Norwalk officers. He pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in heroin in exchange for prosecutors dismissed two similar charges in connection with incidents on Sept. 25 and 26.
The defendant received a 17-month prison term April 16.
Wimer's brother, Jacob, 24, also of Sandusky, originally was charged with complicity to trafficking in heroin in connection with the same Oct. 11 incident when he reportedly was driving his girlfriend's vehicle. On Feb. 10, he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. Jacob Wimer will be sentenced July 23.