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Last chance for Big Oak defendant

LISBON — After violating the terms of her intervention in lieu of convictions plan another time, Shelly L. Swigert, an Operation Big Oak defendant, will be sent to the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center.

Judge Megan Bickerton warned Swigert this is her last opportunity to follow the rules.

“You’re going to have to prove yourself,” Bickerton said. “You need to be fully committed to the program or you will not be successful.”

Of the 100 counts of the indictment Swigert was initially charged, she pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs, 29 counts of possession of cocaine and 18 counts of aggravated possession of drugs.

Those 49 counts could mean 49 years in prison if all the maximum sentences were imposed.

While Rich Fitch, Swigert’s probation officer expressed concerns about her unwillingness to cooperate with her intervention plan, Bickerton decided to give her one more chance, but warned her this is her last chance.

Court documents show several instances where Swigert has failed to follow the rules of the intervention plan she was placed on, including additional drug use and a misdemeanor charge for drug paraphernalia filed in East Liverpool Municipal Court.

Bickerton ordered Swigert to remain in custody at the county jail until a bed becomes available at the EOCC in Lisbon. Bickerton dishonorably terminated her intervention in lieu of conviction plan.

Bickerton asked Swigert if she was ready to do the things she needed to do on the community control plan she has now been placed on after having her intervention plan terminated, “because, I don’t want to waste everyone’s time and resources here.”

“Well yes,” Swigert responded.

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