Burglar who finished drug treatment program gets no additional jail time

Cary Ashby • Apr 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A convicted burglar who completed an intensive out-patient substance abuse program on his own faces a discretionary 90-day jail sentence.

Adam T. Godfrey, 24, of 8609 County Road 29, Bellevue, told the court he wants "push forward and do things better for me ... and the people around me."

Huron County Chief Assistant Public Defender T. Douglas Clifford said his client "is now available for after-care" at Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services. He also said Godfrey has had the support of his family and been a productive member of society.

"He is eager to undertake that after-care program," Clifford said.

In late February, Godfrey pleaded guilty to attempted burglary for stealing rings and drugs from an acquaintance of his mother Sept. 6. As part of a plea deal, the state dismissed the remaining felony on his indictment, theft of drugs, in connection with a Sept. 9 incident.

After Godfrey stole the rings, he took them to a pawn shop, but then returned them to the victim, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. The victim didn't seek any restitution.

"Burglaries are a serious matter," Leffler said at Wednesday's sentencing hearing.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled the victim suffered severe psychological harm.

"The victim reported having anxiety after the events," the judge said.

Leffler recommended Godfrey spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) so he can "keep moving in the right direction." A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

" I hope you've turned the corner," Conway told Godfrey about his substance abuse issues.

Since Godfrey already has undergone treatment, Conway said he wants to keep a CBCF bed open for another defendant. The judge ruled Godfrey's probation officer could impose part or all of the 90-day sentence in the Huron County Jail depending on how he does on community control sanctions.

If Godfrey violates his probation, which includes a $500 fine, he faces being sentenced to a CBCF or three years in prison. The judge credited him already serving seven days behind bars, but didn't apply it to the 90 days.

Recommended for You

    Norwalk Reflector Videos