A 32-year-old man was sent to a treatment facility after failing his probationary sanctions even though he had successfully met his requirements for about three years.
Marc Lamanna, of 6270 Ohio 113, Bellevue, was the subject of a recent probation violation hearing in the Huron County Common Pleas Court.
His probation officer, Jim Zappa, told the court that Lamanna had successfully complied with his order to hold down a job and pass urinalysis testing for about three years before he fell into old habits.
Lamanna initially was convicted for two counts of vehicular assault in 2010 for a drunk-driving incident, according to court records.
Court records are unclear exactly how much money Lamanna was ordered to pay in fines, court costs and restitution to the victims, but it was more than $2,000. Lamanna made regular payments, the records indicate.
Lamanna successfully passed requirements of intensive probationary sanctions for a year following his conviction and then was put in a "step-down" program.
Working off a tip, Zappa conducted a search warrant at Lamanna's home recently and found illegally obtained prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, pepper spray and a knife, the probation officer testified. Lamanna also failed his random urinalysis test, Zappa added.
The items were found in the man's room and vehicle.
"He is now struggling with a serious addiction to drugs," said Assistant Huron County Prosecutor Daivia Kasper.
"I believe it would serve Mr. Lamanna's benefit to go to an in-patient treatment facility," Kasper also said.
Attorney Benjamin Chapman, who represents Lamanna, agreed that Lamanna would "welcome the opportunity" and the judge complied.