TV burglar fined $1,000

Cary Ashby • Dec 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM

A former Norwalk man who took a television set from is mother's home was fined $1,000 Tuesday.

Jason R. Wolford, 28, now of 1223 Ramona Road, Willard, avoided any jail time because he's employed full-time and is addressing his substance abuse issues. If his work schedule allows, Wolford said he goes to seven or eight AA meetings a week.

The victim, Wolford's mother, didn't submit a restitution request or a victim impact statement.

"I've made amends with my mother," Wolford told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff requested the court sentence Wolford to 30 days behind bars on the work release program. Wolford, who earlier spent 40 days in the Huron County Jail, could have faced up to 18 months, but wasn't eligible for a prison term because he has no prior felony convictions.

Wolford has a lengthy misdemeanor record "littered with drug offenses," Conway said.

"This was his mother's residence he entered and moved the TV from," Woodruff said.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo referred to the May 4 incident as "marginally a burglary" because Wolford lived at his mother's residence part of the time and wasn't "strictly prohibited" from living there.

Wolford was arrested in May after the Norwalk Police Department received a tip he was at a Jefferson Street mobile home park. He was wanted on a Richland County Sheriff's Office failure to appear warrant related to a drug-related offense.

If Wolford violates the terms of his three years of intense probation, he faces 18 months in prison.

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