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Norwalk man faces trial after being accused of intimidating witness, cop

Cary Ashby • Jun 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

A Norwalk man is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 26 in connection with threatening a confidential informant and a Willard police officer.

Hector J. Benavides, 25, of 64 Key Drive, is charged with one count each of intimidation of a witness and intimidation. The third-degree felonies are in connection with respective incidents on May 3 and 4. If convicted of each charge, he faces nine months to three years in prison.

The suspected May 3 incident happened at a Willard tavern.

"He threatened (to harm) an informant who made a drug deal," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said earlier.

"The informant contacted the Willard police. They sent detectives to find out what happened," Leffler said.

The May 4 charge is in connection with Benavides reportedly threatening Willard Police Sgt. Adam Strong. Authorities said Huron County Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Corbin arrived after the suspected confrontation.

"(Benavides) had some choice words for some people. I don't know how much (of that) courage was alcohol-related," Leffler said.

Benavides, who was arrested May 3, was released May 15 after posting a $20,000 bond at the Huron County Jail. He is prohibited from having any contact or association with Strong or the informant.

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