Defendant Crawford in Crawford County Jail

Cary Ashby • Jan 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A defendant's mother has indicated her son wants to make a plea deal on local receiving stolen property charges.

Timothy R. Crawford, 31, of Bucyrus, wasn't in Huron County Common Pleas Court for his pretrial hearing Monday because he is serving a 60-day sentence in the Crawford County Jail. He is charged with one count each of possession of heroin and drug abuse plus a probation violation.

"He's in custody. That's why he's not here," Huron County Public Defender David Longo told Judge Jim Conway.

In the Crawford County case, Longo said his client might not be in jail for the entire 60 days because he possibly could be sent to prison for some probation violations.

In the local case, Crawford is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property. The two felonies are in connection with an Aug. 22 incident and involved credit cards and checks.

Longo said he received a letter from Crawford's mother who wrote that her son wants to make a plea deal, but he just couldn't make it to court Monday.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, at the hearing, said he is open to a deal as long as Crawford pleads guilty to one of the two charges. After the hearing, Leffler said the defendant was caught on video reportedly making some transactions in the Willard area.

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