Heroin defendant sent to prison for parole violation

Cary Ashby • Aug 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A former Norwalk and Collins man who was on parole when he was arrested on a heroin-related case is returning to prison.

Jeremiah M. Bennett, 32, pleaded guilty Monday to possession of heroin. Attorneys said the man's parole violation is for a May 15 incident when a parole officer was making a home visit when the Norwalk Police Department used a search warrant and found .1 gram of heroin.

Bennett will serve nine months in prison for the post-release control violation before he does another nine months for the heroin conviction. The sentence, which Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway handed down Monday, was part of a joint recommendation between the state and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

Also, Conway agreed to approve Bennett for transitional control -- another part of the plea deal between Longo and Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff.

Bennett must reimburse police $40 for lab testing and had his driver's license suspended for six months.

In mid-January 2012, Bennett received a two-year prison sentence for a Nov. 14, 2011 robbery. Police said the defendant entered a North Prospect Street house and attempted to rob a woman who lived there.

Bennett pleaded guilty to robbery in exchange for the dismissal of one count of burglary. Prosecutors also agreed not to pursue charges in connection with Bennett taking stolen material to a Cleveland pawn shop.

At the time, the defendant was on probation for a conviction for possession of heroin.

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