Heroin deal, probation violations send Garrettsville man to prison for four years

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Garrettsville man who sold heroin in April 2012, and by doing so violated his probation on three previous felony convictions, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Jason L. Smallwood, 40, of 10400 South St., was sentenced Friday, Feb. 22, to four years in prison by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. He pleaded guilty on Dec. 14, 2012, to trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony, for selling less than a gram of heroin to undercover Portage County Drug Task Force agents on April 25, 2012, in the vicinity of a school.

Pittman fined Smallwood $300 and granted him 42 days credit for time served awaiting trial in the case, according to her sentencing order. She then sentenced him to one year in prison in three additional cases -- two breaking and entering cases and a child support case -- all to run consecutive to each other for a total of four years behind bars, according to court records.

Because of the guilty plea in the heroin case, the Portage County Adult Probation Department filed a motion in common pleas court on Feb. 4 to revoke or modify Smallwood's probation in three separate cases.

Smallwood was sentenced in June 2011 to five years probation and inpatient drug and behavioral treatment at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren on three counts of criminal nonsupport of dependents and one count of breaking and entering, all fifth-degree felonies stemming from two separate cases in which he failed to pay court-ordered child support and trespassed in a barn and a cabin in the 7000 block of Peck Road in Ravenna Township on June 16, 2010.

Prior to that, he was sentenced in January 2011 to 30 days in the Portage County jail and five years probation on charges of breaking and entering and vandalism, both fifth-degree felonies, for a break-in at Cherokee Glass, 930 N. Freedom St. in Ravenna, on June 21, 2010.

Smallwood's probation was set to expire in January 2016, according to court records.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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