Norwalk drug dealer sentenced to 10 months in prison

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:10 PM

Defendant John D. Marsillett got his wish Wednesday 10 months in prison.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said he was going to request the Norwalk man be placed in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) for drug treatment, but Marsillett had other plans. CBCFs are a form of prison which focus on education and substance abuse treatment. The defendant spoke to Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway about what he wanted before his defense attorney had the chance.

"Apparently, he didn't want to be supervised (after being in the CBCF) and he wanted to do his time," Woodruff said.

The prosecutor said the defendant most likely won't be on post-release control after his prison term. Marsillett, 22, of 29 Seminary St., pleaded guilty Feb. 5 to possession of cocaine for a Nov. 6 incident.

In another hearing Tuesday, Conway ordered Lacy Barnett, 23, of 16 High St., Willard, to pay about $5,000 in restitution to the victim of a June 6 felonious assault and sentenced him to four months in the Huron County Jail. The jail term comes with work release privileges.

"Apparently the guy has a good job," Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

Barnett also was fined $500 as part of his three years of probation.

Leffler said the defendant and his 17-year-old brother lured the victim to Barnett's home after the man earlier was accused of trying to drown the brother and "beat the hell out of him."

Barnett told the court he punched the 19 to 20-year-old victim in the face and his "brother finished him off," Leffler said. The victim sustained fractured cheek bones.

The brother was found to be delinquent in Huron County Juvenile Court and sentenced to 60 days in a detention center.

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