Heroin dealer gets prison time

Defendant: "That's all I want to do is be with my kids and take care of them."
Cary Ashby
Jun 29, 2014


Convicted heroin dealer Thomas E. Reynolds II and his attorney said getting a prison term would set back his ability to regain custody of his children.

"I want to have a life with my kids," Reynolds told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway. "That's all I want to do is be with my kids and take care of them."

Reynolds, 32, of Clarksville, Tenn., earlier pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in heroin for a March 27, 2013 controlled drug buy. In late February, police arrested the defendant on a secret indictment, which a grand jury typically issues when authorities believe the suspect might flee.

Given the heroin problem in the area and Reynolds' criminal record, Conway said it would send the wrong message if he didn't impose a prison term. The defendant received 11 months in prison Thursday -- one month short of the maximum for the fifth-degree felony.

Reynolds also had his driver's license suspended for six months. He must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $40 to cover the cost of drug testing.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper shared with the court Reynold's "significant criminal history," which includes multiple alcohol-related misdemeanors and a prison term for selling heroin.

"He does indeed have a prior felony (conviction). It was for trafficking in heroin," Kasper said. "He was sent to prison at the time. It was barely five years ago."

After Reynolds completed a stint in the Crossweah community-based corrections facility, he and his wife moved to Tennessee. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"Because of these offenses, the kids were taken away," defense attorney Tim Dempsey said.

Dempsey said his client has done everything in his power to regain custody, which included a parenting class, and knows "he has to tow the line to have any chance to get his kids back." Reynolds' attorney requested the judge consider putting his client on the maximum amount of probation and hold the most time possible over Reynolds' head so he can prove he is serious about getting custody of his children again.



Please! If he cared one but about his kids he wouldn't of been getting high with his wife through both her pregnancies. Those children don't stand a chance with him or his wife, the best thing for them is to never see these so called "parents" again! It's disgusting.

Yall Make Me Sick

You should have thought about your kids before you went & sold heroin. If you was doing right before you wouldn't have been caught doing wrong. Funny how y'all think about your kids & family & jobs, & your lives AFTER you get busted. SMH. You did the crime so suck it up butter cup & do your time!!!!


If you don't want to do the time, don't do the crime!

stupid thoughts

pretty sure you were warned, the state didn't just show up and take your kids you piece of crap. every junkie is the same! you don't care about your kids if you did they would be happy and home but because of your choices they are probably living with strangers and your junkie azz is using them as an excuse to try to stay out of prison. they are better off without you and their piece of crap mom. hope you make someone a nice chunky piece of azz where your going. the next time your face down in your bunk being violated by bubba think of your kids then, and remember that everything your about to go through, your kids are going through worse...serves you right