Two defendants released early from prison

Cary Ashby • Updated Apr 13, 2019 at 5:28 AM

A convicted heroin dealer and theft defendant has been released early from prison and placed under community control sanctions.

Former Willard resident Antonio X. Kimbro, 22, was granted judicial release Monday. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered him to complete a four- to six-month term in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Kimbro, also during his three years of probation, must pay $50 in restitution and an $80 reimbursement. He will remain in the Huron County Jail until he is transferred to a CBCF.

On Aug. 29, Kimbro received a 17-month prison sentence for one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in heroin and theft from a person in a protected class.

In a separate case, former Willard resident Jason L. Muhr, 41, also was granted judicial release Wednesday. Conway placed him on three years of probation with the conditions he complete a four- to six-month term in a CBCF and pay an undisclosed restitution as ordered earlier.

Muhr had been convicted of separate counts of breaking and entering and burglary. On Aug. 24, 2016, he was sentenced to 48 months in prison. The Huron County Sheriff’s Office investigated the Nov. 2, 2015 break-in and Feb. 21, 2016 burglary. 

And in another case, Joseph B. Bursley, 36, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine. He also was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay a $480 reimbursement to the Norwalk Police Department.

The corrupting conviction is for an incident between Aug. 6 and 14 while the controlled drug buy happened Aug. 17, according to court records. Bursley had a previous, local prison sentence in September 2016 — 17 months for trafficking in oxycodone.

In other hearings: 

• James D. Akers, 37, most recently of 729 Park St., Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated possession of meth. The incident happened May 5, according to court records. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed the remaining charge, possessing drug abuse instruments. During Akers’ three years of probation, he must pay a $250 fine and faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence. His probation officer can impose part or all of the time without a hearing.

• Somsay Champasouk, 49, most recently of 17 S. West Ave., Willard, was fined $250 and ordered to forfeit a 2013 BMW sedan Wednesday. His conviction was permitting drug abuse for a Sept. 10 incident. During his three years of probation, Champasouk faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence and must pay an $80 reimbursement.

• Chelsea M. Dangler, 19, of North Olmsted, pleaded guilty Tuesday to forgery in exchange for the dismissal of a similar fifth-degree felony. During her two years of probation, she must pay a $250 fine and faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence.

• Cody Foster, 26, of Toledo, was sentenced Thursday to 180 days in the Lake Erie Community Corrections Center (LECCC) for an undisclosed probation violation. His underlying convictions were one count each of trespassing in a habitation and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

• Devin McGinn, 31, whose address was unavailable, was sentenced Thursday to 180 days in the LECCC for an undisclosed probation violation. His underlying convictions was aggravated possession of meth.

• Samantha N. Woodson, 30, most recently of Neal Zick Road, Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted felonious assault in exchange for the dismissal of felonious assault, a second-degree felony. According to court records, she was convicted of attempting to “knowingly cause serious physical harm” to the victim Dec. 7. Woodson, who has been unable to post a $25,000 cash bond, will be sentenced April 23. She has been in jail since her Feb. 12 arrest by the sheriff’s office.

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