October 21, 2014

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Woman heading to prison for smuggling pills into jail

MEDINA — A 30-year-old Medina woman will spend two years in prison for smuggling prescription pills into the Medina County Jail.

Lynn M. Anspach-Grace, of 309 W. Union St., was charged with illegal conveyance of a prohibited item onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

Anspach-Grace and her attorney, Robert Hanwell, urged county Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler to place her on probation so she could seek drug treatment at Cathy’s House, a halfway house in Medina.

Lynn Anspach-Grace

Lynn Anspach-Grace

“I would ask for probation so I can straighten myself out,” she told the judge.

“Well, this is the fourth time you’re here in front of me,” Kimbler said, “so I’m going to elect for prison time.”

Anspach-Grace’s attorney said his client was arrested at a hospital, where she was staying after a “possible overdose of heroin.”

After she was booked at the jail, corrections officers reported confiscating a rubber glove containing pills in her cell.

County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi said Anspach-Grace told the deputies the glove was left in her cell by a previous inmate but she later admitted to smuggling the pills into the jail.

Her attorney said the admission was obtained by authorities who questioned her while she was still incoherent from the heroin overdose.

“She was still whacked out of her mind when she got into the facility,” he said.

Razavi said that didn’t make any difference.

“It’s our belief she intended to use the drugs while incarcerated,” he said.

He said the glove contained 37 pills, including 10 lorazepam — a Schedule IV controlled substance used to treat anxiety disorders.

She also was sentenced Thursday to 180 days in jail on three counts of theft, fifth-degree felonies punishable by up to a year in prison.

Razavi said Anspach-Grace stole from her mother’s bedridden boyfriend and from an elderly woman at Target.

“She stole from the most vulnerable people she knows of,” Razavi said.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.