Judge revokes convicted burglar's bond

Cary Ashby • Jun 28, 2013 at 11:07 AM

A convicted burglar who failed to show up for his presentence interview (PSI) with probation officers had his bond revoked Thursday.

Dale L. McClaflin, 39, of 12 Reed St., was out on bond when he came to the Huron County Courthouse for his sentencing hearing.

In mid-May, he pleaded guilty to three amended burglary charges; two of the second-degree felonies were reduced to third-degree felonies. As part of a plea deal, the state dismissed one count each of safecracking and theft, both in connection with a Nov. 23, 2009 burglary.

"Mr. McClaflin did not cooperate with the probation department to set up a presentence interview," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said Thursday.

Probation officers made "vigorous" attempts to contact the defendant, Conway added.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff requested the judge revoke McClaflin's bond because showing up for the PSI was one of his conditions of bail. The defendant earlier posted 10 percent of a $15,000 bond.

While Huron County Public Defender David Longo said not showing up for the PSI is a serious matter, he said it's not as serious as "bail jumping or not showing up for court."

The earliest burglary happened Aug. 25, 2008 on Butler Road. Woodruff has said the rural New London couple reported missing at least $600 and blood was found on a refrigerator that later tied McClaflin to the crime.

The second burglary happened Nov. 23, 2009 on First Street in New London. Woodruff said McClaflin stole a safe, which contained some checks and later admitted to the crime during an interview with New London Police Sgt. Joe Hicks.

The third burglary happened Sept. 19, 2010 on Ferry Road. Woodruff said the rural Wakeman male victim reported he was missing $200 worth of silver certificates.

McClaflin will be held in the Huron County Jail until he is sentenced Aug. 14.

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