Heroin defendant sentenced to prison

Cary Ashby • Apr 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM

A heroin defendant was sentenced to six months in prison this week in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Jose L. Bocanegra, 25, formerly of 302 W. Howard St., Willard, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of heroin and then sentenced to six months behind bars. Also he was convicted of an undisclosed probation violation; Bocanegra’s underlying conviction is one charge each of trafficking in heroin and trafficking in oxycodone, both from October 2016.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office transported him to the jail Feb. 27. The Willard Police Department investigated the incident that day.

In other hearings:

• Troy D. Riedy, 48, of Sandusky, pleaded guilty Tuesday to identity fraud. He remains on out on a $10,000 bond will be sentenced May 30.

• Jamie B. Slanczka, 42, most recently of 6787 Townline Road 162, Wakeman, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of forgery in exchange for prosecutors dismissing four, similar fifth-degree felonies and and one count of receiving stolen property, a first-degree misdemeanor. She remains out on a $5,000 bond with a 10-percent provision. Slanczka will be sentenced May 23.

• Christian N. Tatum, 43, most recently of 26-E Bouscay Ave., pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft of drugs. Court and jail records indicate she has been in jail since April 9 on a $5,000 unsecured bond, but Judge Jim Conway reduced her bail to a personal recognizance and placed her on an ankle monitor after her pre-sentence interview. A personal recognizance bond means the defendant signed a document in which she promised to appear for future hearings without paying any money. Tatum will be sentenced May 23.

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