No-association order remains in place for ID theft suspect
Mar 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM
The judge said no to lifting the no-association order.
Mollie R. Warner's attorney, Huron County Public Defender David Longo, presented the copy of a letter to Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway reportedly about the victim, a female relative of the defendant, who requested the judge lift the no-contact order.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the state wouldn't oppose lifting the condition of Warner's bond -- if the letter was legitimate.
After reading the document Monday, Conway said the letter appears to relate to Warner's sentencing instead of the relative's wishes about lifting the no-association order.
"For this purpose, I'll leave it on," the judge said.
Warner, 20, of 27 Woodlawn Ave., has an April 11 trial scheduled for one count of identity theft. The fifth-degree felony is in connection with a Nov. 29 incident.
"The state has considered her a good diversion candidate. We haven't talked about any alternative to that," said Longo, when the judge asked attorneys about any plea negotiations.
Warner is on two years of probation for an underage consumption conviction through Norwalk Municipal Court. Norwalk police investigated the Dec. 17 incident.
Authorities had accused Warner of violating her probation in connection with officers receiving a call about her "stumbling" down the sidewalk and almost walking in front of a vehicle. The suspected incident happened just before 2 p.m. Jan. 30.
Warner is out on bond. If convicted of identity theft, she faces six to 12 months behind bars and a maximum fine of $2,500.