A Norwalk woman who lied about being robbed at gunpoint in her home Feb. 21 is scheduled to report to the Huron County Jail on Wednesday for a related conviction.
Last Thursday, Joyce N. Marsillett, of 103 Jefferson St., Lot 27, pleaded no contest to theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and was found guilty in Norwalk Municipal Court. In exchange, the state dropped a first-degree misdemeanor falsification charge.
Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said Marsillett lied to a Norwalk officer about the robbery to cover her stealing a $500 tax refund from a relative.
"However, we could have proven there was nothing improper about the way the confession was obtained. The officers did their job exactly the way they were supposed to," Clifford said. "Officer David Smith did a great job of investigating this case."
Marsillett originally told police her nephew woke her up after hearing a loud knock at the door before 6 a.m. Feb. 21. When she opened it, she told police two men in ski masks forced their way into the apartment and then took the $500 before fleeing on foot.
Several hours after her initial 9-1-1 call, Marsillett admitted she called in a false report to cover up her theft of $500 from a relative's purse.
Several days later, she told the Reflector she was forced into a false confession after an officer told her she'd be taken directly to jail if she didn't confess. She also said Smith was prejudiced against her because she has been arrested in the past.
"I offered to take a lie detector test, but the officer said, 'We don't want to waste our time or our money on you,'" Marsillett said at the time.
Chief Kevin Cashen, in February, said Smith's case "was definitely strong enough to justify the charges" of theft and falsification.
Marsillett appeared in court Thursday without an attorney, but she had one when the state made the plea deal.
Judge John Ridge sentenced her to 20 hours of community service and fined her $300 as part of her two years of intensively supervised probation. The judge suspended 175 days of jail time, which Marsillett could face if she doesn't follow the conditions of her community control.