Burglar pleads guilty to amended charge

Cary Ashby • Jun 28, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A Wakeman resident pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping steal a TV from a Norwalk woman's apartment.

Sebastian L. Love, 18, of 5350 Ohio 60, is prohibited from being in the Grand Avenue apartment complex and from having any association with the victim or his convicted accomplice, Matthew T. McEowen, 20, of Castalia. Love earlier posted 10 percent of a $10,000 bond.

Love pleaded guilty to a burglary, which had been lowered from a second-degree felony to a fourth-degree felony. He faces six to 18 months in the Huron County Jail when he is sentenced Aug. 7, but he isn't eligible for prison because he has no prior felony convictions.

McEowen and Love planned to take a TV from the victim's apartment. Love drove his accomplice to where the victim lived April 4 and when they realized she was still awake, they waited for two hours until she fell asleep, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said.

"Once the victim was asleep, they removed a 40-inch TV and DVD player from the apartment," she said.

McEowen will be sentenced Aug. 1. He earlier pleaded guilty to an amended charge of burglary.

As part of a plea deal in mid-June, prosecutors dismissed one count of tampering with evidence. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also reduced McEowen's bond to 10 percent of $10,000.

"He got quite a rush" from committing the crime, which he did "with some enthusiasm," Prosecutor Russell Leffler earlier told the judge.

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