Drug defendant turned down for intervention -- for now

Norwalk man accused of selling cocaine.
Cary Ashby
Aug 1, 2014

A judge ruled he doesn't think a drug defendant would be an appropriate candidate for the intervention-in-lieu-of-conviction program.

Brandon M. Wiseman, 23, of 13 Welton Ave., is charged with trafficking in cocaine in connection with a Feb. 17, 2012 incident. He also faces one count of trafficking in heroin stemming from a March 13, 2012 offense.

After looking at the pre-sentence report, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said "intervention wouldn't be appropriate in this case," but he said would consider it if Wiseman remains employed. In the intervention program, if defendants successfully complete a certified substance abuse program, they won't have a conviction on their record.

"I'm not going to say I'm going to grant it," Conway told Wiseman said, but he said he would give intervention serious consideration.

Wiseman is out on a personal recognizance bond, which means he signed a court document in which he promised to appear for further hearings without having to pay any money. His next hearing is Sept. 16 and his trial date is Sept. 25.