Norwalk drug defendant 'mortified by what happened'

Single mom gets probation, $500 fine.
Cary Ashby
Jun 26, 2014

A drug defendant's attorney said what his client did "was out of character."

Leeanne M. Sigley, 32, of 80 Benedict Ave., faces a 90-day discretionary jail term for selling hydrocodone to a confidential informant June 24, 2013. That means her probation officer has the discretion of when to have her serve the time or if Sigley is doing well on community control sanctions, he or she could request the court waive part or all of the sentence.

"I think what Leeanne did here was out of character," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

"To say she is remorseful would be an understatement; I think she was mortified by what happened," said Longo, who told the judge he believes Sigley possibly was entrapped by the informant.

In mid-May, the defendant pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in hydrocodone in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a second, similar charge in connection with an April 22, 2013 incident.

As a result of the controlled drug buys, Sigley lost her job. However, she recently found other employment.

"She's been working hard," Longo told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

In late February, Sigley was one of several suspects arrested on drug-related secret indictments. The Norwalk Police Department made the four arrests within about 6 1/2 hours. A grand jury issues a secret indictment when authorities believe a suspect might flee the area.

"I'm a single mom. I'm trying to work hard to support my kids," Sigley told the judge Wednesday.

"I won't be doing anything like this again; that's for sure," she added, referring to the transactions.

As part of her three years of probation, Sigley was fined $500, must reimburse police $40 to cover the cost of drug testing and undergo substance abuse treatment and counseling. She also had her driver's license suspended for six months. If Sigley violates her probation, she faces one year in prison.

Comments

Whopper2013

So, In other words she informed on one or more of her buddies-and got a slap on the wrist. Way to go Huron County Prosecutor-another worthless piece of garbage back out on the streets and free to get high/sell people drugs because she is a narc

J Cooper

Yet another drug DEALER walks compliments of Conway.

mcgoff01

So, she sold drugs, got caught, but was entrapped? Right

mikeylikesit

people will do anything for a shot at being chosen for my calendar..

Windy

""I'm a single mom. I'm trying to work hard to support my kids," Sigley told the judge Wednesday."

It appears by her statement that she was selling drugs as a 'career'. So, wouldn't it be more appropriate to charge her with 'practicing pharmacology without a license'? LOL

sickofthis

All the drug dealers get a slap on the wrist & move on, we're so used to it...nobody pays attention to what is actually going on. She didn't SELL anything, if you remember correctly, the original story said that she GAVE not sold, hydrocodone away to someone. Don't get me wrong i don't agree with that either cuz it's still dispensing an illegal substance. She had taken care of her elderly father for years, that's where she got the prescription. If you knew her, she's a very kind hearted person, and she definitely fell into a trap. She had a friend come to her crying saying she was in pain, mind you, this had been a "friend" of 13 years. This girl being so close knew of all of her father's ailments, and begged for the pills, Leeanne GAVE them to her, as she felt bad for her, never once suspecting this girl had gotten busted herself for drugs and was wearing a wire on her...it was COMPLETE entrapment. We are not talking about a drug dealer here. And yes, she does work hard to support not only her children, but her sister's children as well while she's laying unresponsive in a nursing center. Drug dealers need to be taken off the street and put away for a long time, this woman is not a drug dealer...period!!! She helped what she thought was a friend, even felt guilty for doing that, only time she ever did something like that & gets caught, by being set up. She even says herself, that's what she gets for doing something illegal. Also notice, her mug shot isn't a cocky smile like all the little idiotic dealers who get busted, you can tell she was bawling her eyes out. She couldn't "snitch" to get out of it cuz she doesn't know any drug dealers either, and she took the plea bargain, as she was scared she was going to prison...what they told her when trying to get her to "work" for them...she couldn't stand the thought of her kids/nieces/nephews being split up & put in homes or something. A very selfless person here who was done dirty as could be by a long time "friend". If you don't know someone, you never know what they're going through, or what the circumstances are behind what they did. When she was charged, she was told giving away a controller substance was still illegal, and her original plan was to try & donate his unused medication to the VA clinic where her father received them originally. Obviously, she wasn't able to since it had already been dispersed to another individual.

Whopper2013

She is still a dealer-whether she sold them or gave them to someone.