A Norwalk woman with a history of substance abuse and psychiatric problems is returning to the slammer.
Amy L. Lykins, 32, was sentenced to 10 months in prison Wednesday for violating her probation. She admitted to being kicked out the Lorain-Medina community-based corrections facility Aug. 26. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
After her admission, the defendant was sentenced immediately and credited with already serving about six weeks behind bars.
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway approved Lykins for a risk-reduction sentence. That means she can have 20 percent shaved off her 10-month term if she successfully completes the substance abuse program in prison.
On Aug. 13, Lykins was ordered to a CBCF as part of her three years of intensive probation. Her underlying conviction is theft of checks for victimizing a friend of her late father with whom she had been living. She also had to reimburse the victim $200 and undergo psychiatric counseling.
"They had made peace. He wanted her to get help more than anything else," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Wednesday.
Lykins had said she tried "every day to make it up to him."
About the probation violation, Longo said his client never fought the allegations and was "willing to take her medicine."
Last year, Lykins was kicked out of a CBCF for getting into an argument with another client. She was about five days from successfully completing the four- to six-month program when the May 7, 2013 argument happened. Before her second time in a CBCF, she told the judge she was willing to give the program in a locked-down facility her full effort.
Lykins' extensive criminal record includes various drug and alcohol offenses going back about 10 years, some heroin-related crimes, a prison term and multiple probation violations.