Church theft suspect trying to avoid conviction

Aaron Krause • Jan 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

An area man accused of stealing checks from a Willard church has filed a motion to be considered for treatment in lieu of conviction.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said an assessment will be performed on Benjamin C. Shepherd, 26, of Attica. Following the assessment, a court hearing will take place to determine if Shepherd is eligible for treatment in lieu of conviction. If Shepherd is approved, the defendant will be plead guilty, however, the conviction won't be entered.

Shepherd is charged with two counts of theft and one charge of theft of checks, all in connection with an Aug. 14 incident. A conviction would result in as many as three years in prison and a maximum fine totaling $7,500.

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