Burglary, cocaine defendants plead guilty

Cary Ashby • Jun 19, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Two defendants also entered guilty pleas to their respective charges Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Matthew T. McEowen, 20, of Castalia, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of burglary for an April 4 incident on Grand Avenue in Norwalk. He faces nine months to three years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 1.

As part of a plea deal Tuesday, prosecutors dismissed one count of tampering with evidence.

McEowen “got quite a rush” from committing the crime, which he did “with some enthusiasm,” Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler earlier told the judge.

Judge Jim Conway reduced McEowen’s bond to 10 percent of $10,000. He is prohibited from being on the victim’s premises and having any association or contact with Sebastian L. Love, 18, of 5350 Ohio 60, Wakeman. Love has a July 2 trial scheduled for one count of burglary.

In an unrelated case, Danny Klein Jr., 30, of 171A N. Buckeye St., Bellevue, pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine and received an Aug. 1 sentencing date. The incident happened July 20, according to court records. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed three counts of trafficking in oxycodone, in connection with July 18, 26 and 31 offenses.

Klein earlier posted a $5,000 bond.

He was arrested April 17 during a three-county sweep coordinated by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, which involved three other sheriff’s offices and members of seven police departments. Fifteen suspects were taken into custody on drug-related secret indictments during “Operation: Crystal Clear.”

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