Man remains free on promise to return for future court hearings.
A rural Willard man agreed to a plea deal Monday in connection with a trafficking in drugs case.
Jason D. Shepherd, 31, most recently of 5041 Egypt Road, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in oxycodone. The Willard Police Department coordinated the Sept. 2, 2013 controlled drug buy.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a second, similar charge in connection with an Oct. 2, 2013 incident.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the state also agreed not to pursue an indictment on another drug-trafficking case, also investigated by Willard police. Leffler made the plea agreement with Huron County Public Defender David Longo.
Shepherd said he has a prior felony conviction, which means he is eligible for a prison term when he is sentenced Feb. 18.
Leffler said police were involved in an investigation intended to “ferret out the illegal sales of pills” when Shepherd sold two Percocet pills to a confidential informant.
“This was a recorded conversation,” Leffler added.
Shepherd was arrested later in connection with the controlled drug buys.
“He was very cooperative with police. He indicated he had a (drug) problem and wanted help with it,” Leffler said.
Shepherd remains out on a personal recognizance bond. That means he signed a court document in which he promised to appear for future hearings and didn’t have to pay money.
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