Judge: No change to burglar's bond

Cary Ashby • May 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A judge will leave it up to jail officials if they want to escort and supervise the medical treatment of a suspected burglar who fled to Michigan.

Robert L. Hamman, 44, of 3335 Austin Drive, Willard, is charged with burglary, a second-degree felony punishable by two to eight years in prison, in connection with a March 11 incident. He faces an additional one to nine years because he's considered a repeat violent offender.

"He did 14 years in prison for the last crimes he committed," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler told the court at Monday's hearing.

Defense attorney Curtis Koch had requested Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway amend Hamman's bond so he could receive treatment for "some nerve damage in his neck." Leffler said he didn't know if it's related to a high-speed chase on Interstate 94.

After hearing from both attorneys, the judge ruled Hamman's bond would remain at $75,000. Conway also said it would be up to Huron County Jail officials about escorting and/or supervising the defendant for any possible medical treatment, which isn't life-threatening.

In the suspected burglary, Hamman and Jeffrey L. Patton, 42, of 405 Park St., Willard, are accused of breaking into a sleeping woman's residence with the purpose of robbing her and started rifling through a drawer with jewelry in it, Leffler said during Hamman's arraignment in mid-April.

"They woke her up. They fled. She chased them down with a firearm," Leffler said, but the victim didn't fire the weapon.

The pair fled to Macomb County, Mich. Authorities said they had a hotel surrounded, but the pair were able to leave through an emergency exit. The Huron County Sheriff's Office arrested the suspects March 14 with the help of Macomb County officers.

Hamman's trial is set for May 28.

Patton, whose bond is $60,000, goes to trial June 4 on a burglary charge. He and Hamman are subject to random drug screens.

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