Burglar accepts plea deal, could avoid prison

Cary Ashby • Jul 27, 2016 at 5:00 PM

A rural Bellevue man pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglarizing a relative’s residence in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a second felony.

Prosecutors dismissed one count of attempted theft of firearms against Brian D. Lewis, 19, of 5981 County Road 191.

Also, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told Lewis he doesn’t intend to impose a prison sentence “if all things stay equal” until his sentencing hearing, which is Aug. 25. The judge said he plans to place the defendant on probation and suspend an 18-month prison term. Lewis, who remains out on a $10,000 bond, faces as much as three years on the burglary, a third-degree felony.

About 12:45 p.m. Feb. 10, the Bellevue Police Department received the report of a skinny male suspect kicking in the back door of a North Buckeye Street house.

“They caught him (Lewis) as he was walking out of the back door. He was walking toward them,” Detective Marc Linder told the Reflector soon after Lewis was arrested.

The victim, Lewis’ grandfather, wasn’t home at the time of the burglary. Huron County Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said the man returned and during a search of his residence, he determined a .357 magnum was missing, but it was found on the stove just inside the kitchen door where Lewis had exited the home.

“The grandfather said he (Lewis) didn’t have permission to be at the house,” she added. “He (Lewis) had ammo in his pocket when he was taken into custody.”

Police interviewed Lewis and his grandfather. Kasper said Lewis admitted he unscrewed screws to the gun cabinet.

An officer took Lewis to The Bellevue Hospital emergency room to be cleared before taking him to the Huron County Jail because police reported he “was unsteady on his feet.”

In explaining the defendant’s condition, Linder has said Lewis admitted “he took some over-the-counter medication, but he took a lot of it.”

“He was under the influence of something; we’re just not sure what,” the detective said in February.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Tuesday his client is now in the last phase of an after-care treatment program.

As a condition of his bond, Lewis is prohibited from being on his grandfather’s property.

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