Teen pleads guilty to stealing handgun from grandpa

Cary Ashby • Sep 19, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A Norwalk teen pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing a handgun from his grandfather.

Justin E. Legg, 18, of 56 Jefferson St., was convicted on a bill of information for theft of a firearm. That means he waived his right to have his case presented to a grand jury and possibly be indicted.

As part of a plea deal Tuesday, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a theft of drugs charge in connection with a May 29 incident.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the state also agreed not to indict Legg on one count each of grand theft, theft of drugs and burglary, which had been transferred from Norwalk Municipal Court in early September. Huron County Public Defender David Longo said all three charges are related to the same burglary.

On Aug. 8, Legg stole a .9 mm handgun from his grandfather, Woodruff said. Investigators later recovered the gun.

"He pretty much 'fessed up to everything," Longo said during a hearing in August.

After an Aug. 5 hearing, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway released Legg from custody. At the time, he was subject to random drug screens and prohibited from having any contact with his mother, the theft of drugs victim, and from being on her property.

The defendant's mother was in court Tuesday. She declined to comment.

Legg must post a $10,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. He is prohibited from having any contact with his grandparents.

He faces nine to 36 months in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 29.

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