ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Willard burglar, drug dealer gets 4-year prison term

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:06 PM

A Willard man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday for separate charges of burglary and selling heroin.

Jason E. Maye, 23, of 818 Main St., Apt. 3A, will serve an 11-month sentence on trafficking in heroin at the same time he is doing four years for an Oct. 3 armed robbery at an Austin Drive apartment. He also was fined $500 for the burglary.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count each of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary during a Dec. 13 plea hearing. Maye's heroin conviction was from an unrelated Aug. 27 incident.

Maye and two other men are accused of entering the Willard apartment and brandishing a firearm "in an attempt to gain property and cash," a prosecutor said in October. Investigators have accused Willard resident Ryan M. Forte, 21, of 410 E. Walton St., Lot 23, of holding the weapon on a husband and wife.

"It ended up being a big CO2 pistol, which we later recovered," Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said in October.

An interview with Maye several hours after the incident led to deputies finding Forte and a third accomplice, Byron A. Lovo. Deputies used a search warrant on East Walton Street and seized a stolen digital camera, some of the victim's money and bandanas the men are believed used to cover their faces during the robbery, Sgt. Annette McLaughlin said earlier.

McLaughlin has said the suspects removed the victims' telephone, so the woman reported the robbery at the Willard police station.

Forte faces a Feb. 26 trial on one count of aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated burglary. He was released from the Huron County Jail on Oct. 18 after posting a $60,000 bond.

Lovo, 20, of 116 Second St., Willard, faces similar charges as Forte's in a March 18 trial. He was released from jail Oct. 12 after posting a $40,000 bond.

In an unrelated hearing Tuesday, Sheryl S. Pero, 46, of Fremont, was sentenced to up to six months in a form of prison which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment as part of her three years in probation for trafficking in cocaine. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the woman also was fined $500 for the Bellevue drug transaction.

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