Break-in defendant gets jail term for probation violation

Cary Ashby • May 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

A break-in defendant violated his probation by being kicked out of a substance abuse treatment center.

Norwalk resident Nathan D. Alvord, 21, was kicked out of a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) April 18. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"Mr. Alvord wasn't terminated for disciplinary reasons, but for extreme depression," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said during a mid-April hearing.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper added some more perspective after Monday's hearing. She said CBCF officials didn't believe they had the proper facility and means to handle or treat Alvord's mental health issues.

In July, the court placed Alvord on three years of intensively supervised probation for a breaking-and-entering conviction. He was ordered to pay $150 in restitution and a $250 fine for a break-in at the intersection of Ohio 18 and Ohio 601.

After being driven near the break-in site March 7, 2012, Alvord converted about $150 in bills and loose change to cash at Walmart and then paid his accomplice the $30 to $40 he owed him, prosecutors have said.

At Monday's hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court, Kasper recommended Judge Jim Conway sentence the defendant to 180 days in the Huron County Jail for the probation violation because no further form of incarceration is available. The court imposed the jail term, which means Alvord has about 42 days left to serve. Conway also ruled Alvord unsuccessfully completed his probation and his remaining fines and restitution now would be open to civil action.

The judge asked Alvord if he had anything to say.

"I got my GED," the defendant said.

"I heard that; that's good progress," Conway told him.

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