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Former parole officer gets three years in plea deal

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    A Lorain County Sheriffs Deputy guides Michael Hoover to his seat for his plea agreement.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE FILE

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ELYRIA — A former state parole officer accused of selling drugs and trying to intimidate a victim in the case was sentenced to three years in prison Monday.

Michael Hoover, 53, pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking in drugs, intimidation and tampering with evidence in January as part of a plea agreement with state prosecutors. Hoover pleaded guilty to all 23 counts in the three cases against him in the agreement.

Judge John Miraldi sentenced Hoover to three years in prison without the possibility of early release. Miraldi previously said Hoover could have faced up to 42 years in prison and nearly $110,000 in fines.

Elyria police initially arrested Hoover in May 2015 following a two month investigation that linked him to drug sales, including to addicts. He was arrested a second time in June 2015 at his Grafton Township home after a witness in the case told investigators Hoover had threatened her and offered her money to change her story, police said.

In December, Hoover was arrested on bribery and tampering with evidence charges for an incident that took place Oct. 17, according to court documents.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.



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