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Local woman sent to prison for drug crimes

Cary Ashby • Updated Sep 7, 2017 at 11:45 PM

A New London man received 3 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for an assault.

Brian E. Pickett, 43, formerly of 856 Ohio 60, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted felonious assault. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway then sentenced him to 42 months in prison. 

Pickett has been at the Huron County Jail since Sept. 6, when the sheriff’s deputies arrested him. 

In a separate case, Dolores Ceja, 40, formerly of 23 1/2 S. Myrtle Ave., Willard, was sentenced Wednesday to 48 months in prison for four counts of trafficking in drugs. She also must reimburse the Willard Police Department $125.

Deputies brought Ceja to jail May 6. 

This isn’t the first time Ceja has been convicted of drug-related charges. Three years ago, she was charged with five counts of trafficking in heroin plus three additional counts of trafficking in cocaine, all in connection with controlled drug buys from early April through the end of October 2014. 

In late June 2015, Ceja pleaded guilty to two of the heroin charges in exchange prosecutors dismissing the remaining counts. According to court records, the judge credited her with serving 128 days in jail and sentenced her to one year in prison.

In other hearings this week:

• Joseph C. Gray Jr., 51, of 1 Jackson St., was fined $500 Wednesday for two counts of aiding and abetting trafficking in oxycodone as part of his three years of probation. Also, Conway sentenced him to 90 days of discretionary jail time; his probation officer can impose part of that sentence at any time without a hearing. Gray also must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $230.

• Sarra E. Moore, 30, of 90 Walnut St., Plymouth, pleaded guilty Tuesday to trafficking in methylfentanyl. She remains out on a personal recognizance bond. That means she signed a court document and promised to appear in court for each hearing without paying any money. Moore will be sentenced Oct. 18.

• Shaun R. Niedermeier, 31, of 1022 S. Myrtle Ave., Willard, was sentenced Wednesday to spend four to six months in a community-based correctional facility (CBCF) for violating his probation. He had failed a drug test, failed to report a law enforcement contact to his probation officer and failed to attend scheduled groups through NOBARS. Niedermeier, who has been in jail since Aug. 23, is awaiting transfer to a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse and education. 

• Derek E. Oglesbee, 27, of Marblehead, was sentenced Wednesday to spend four to six months in a CBCF for possession of alprazolam. Also as part of his three years of probation, he was fined $250 and must reimburse the state Highway Patrol $105 for lab fees. Oglesbee, who has been in jail since Sept. 6, is awaiting transfer to a CBCF.

• Renae Ramirez-Hernandez, 38, whose address wasn’t available, was fined $500 Wednesday for two counts of aiding and abetting trafficking in oxycodone. Also as part of three years probation, the defendant faces 90 days of discretionary jail time and must reimburse Norwalk police $230.

• Jason D. Shepherd, 34, of 5041 Egypt Road, Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and two counts of trafficking in oxycodone. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed two counts of trafficking in drugs and four counts of trafficking in drugs. Shepherd has been in jail since May 24 and is awaiting sentencing on Oct. 19.

• Joshua S. Schofield, 35, of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 52, pleaded guilty Tuesday to having weapons while under disability with a forfeiture specification. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. Schofield remains out on a $5,000 bond. His sentencing date is Oct. 18.

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