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Area residents punished for felony crimes

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Mar 9, 2018 at 9:00 PM

A heroin dealer was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison this week in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Danny W. Stephens, 24, formerly of 424 Spring St., Willard, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months behind bars for one count each of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and aggravated trafficking in fentanyl. As part of a plea deal in late January, prosecutors dismissed three similar felonies.

Stephens had signed a personal recognizance bond, which means he promised to appear for future hearings without having to pay any money. After Wednesday’s sentencing hearing, Judge Jim Conway released him to the custody of the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

In other recent court hearings.

• Devin S. Espinoza, 32, formerly of 18 Laurel Lane, was sentenced Wednesday to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility for an undisclosed probation violation and remain on community control. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Espinoza’s most recent conviction was complicity to burglary.

• Carlos Haynes Jr., 20, of Cleveland, was sentenced Thursday to a 90-day discretionary term in the Huron County Jail for forgery. A discretionary jail sentence means his probation officer will determine when Haynes will serve part or all of the time without a hearing. Also as part of his three years of probation, he must pay about $1,038 in restitution.

• James Jones Jr., 49, most recently of 21 Valley Park Drive, was sentenced Wednesday to a 90-day discretionary jail term and fined $1,000 fine for trafficking in marijuana. Also as part of his three years of probation, he must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $80.

• Jeffrey A. Laney, 30, of West Bloomfield, Mich., pleaded guilty Thursday to theft. He remains out on bond, with a sentencing hearing scheduled for April 25. 

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