Burglar gets 'discretionary' jail time

Cary Ashby • Dec 21, 2012 at 12:52 AM

A teenager who broke into her late great-grandmother's Norwalk residence must pay about $918 in restitution.

Zoe M. Knott, 19, of 245 E. Main St., Apt. A, also was fined $250 as part of her three years of probation. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway imposed a 120-day jail sentence of "discretionary time" and credited her with serving 72 days behind bars.

"Your probation officer will have the discretion to tell you when to serve that time," Conway said about the remaining 48 days.

In other words, Knott's probation officer, on the sentence on behalf of the court, will have the discretion for the defendant to be jailed if she's not following the officer's orders.

Her co-defendant, Bryan N. Jordan, 20, of 230 Sandusky St., Plymouth, is scheduled to be released Dec. 20 from the Huron County Jail. Last week he also received a 120-day jail term, but wasn't fined for safecracking.

The couple broke into the Norwood Avenue residence of Knott's late great-grandmother and stole a safe Aug. 18 that ended up in Jordan's truck. They were homeless at the time and living together in a car.

Attorneys and Jordan have said the offense was a "property crime" or crime of opportunity when "Jordan and his girlfriend were definitely down on their luck."

Knott pleaded guilty Nov. 9 -- her 19th birthday -- to an amended charge of attempted burglary. In a plea deal with defense attorney Paul Dolce, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler agreed to dismiss one count each of theft and safecracking.

If Knott violates the terms of her probation, she faces 18 months in prison.

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