Area residents punished for felony crimes

Cary Ashby • Updated Feb 14, 2018 at 8:49 AM

A Norwalk woman must spend four to six months in a prison-like treatment center for a controlled drug buy involving a tranquilizer.

Alyah J. Valliant, 22, formerly of 22 E. Elm St., was sentenced Thursday to a term in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a type of prison that focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Also as part of her three years of probation, she must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $150 for drug testing.

Valliant, in mid-December, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in alprazolam in exchange for the dismissal of one charge of trafficking in cocaine. After Thursday’s sentencing hearing, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office transported her to the jail to await transfer to a CBCF.

In other hearings:

• Justin A. Hinkle, 21, of 419 W. High St., Willard, was sentenced Friday to 90 days in the Huron County Jail for violating his probation. After he serves his term, he will be unsuccessfully terminated from community control. Hinkle has been in custody since Feb. 3.

His underlying conviction is receiving stolen property. Police investigated the March 7 incident. Hinkle pleaded guilty to the motor vehicle-related fourth-degree felony in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a fifth-degree felony. Then in July, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentenced him to spend four to six months in a CBCF as part of his three years of probation.

• Todd A. McCallister, 26, of 4757 Wenz Road, Wakeman, was sentenced Friday to four to six months in a CBCF for an undisclosed probation violation. After the term, he will remain on three years of probation. 

McCallister’s underlying conviction is possession of buprenorphine. Deputies investigated the Jan. 20, 2017 incident. In June, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail to be served at the discretion of his probation officer.

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