Area burglar blows probation, gets sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Oct 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

An area burglar was sentenced to prison Wednesday for violating his community control sanctions.

James J. Simko II, 22, of Elyria, was sentenced to 14 months in prison Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court -- a punishment jointly recommended by Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper and public defender David Longo. He was credited with being behind bars for slightly more than half of that time.

The former Wakeman resident had been on intensive probation since early February 2011. His burglary conviction was for an incident between July 1 and Aug. 31, 2010.

Simko violated his probation by being convicted of breaking and entering and theft through Lorain County Common Pleas Court. He pleaded guilty to the two felonies Sept. 24.

His other violations included changing his residence without the permission of his probation officer, not making almost 10 scheduled office visits and on Oct. 5, testing positive for marijuana usage. Simko also had failed to complete substance abuse counseling since Feb. 3.

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