Assault defendant out on bond in PA case

Cary Ashby • Oct 2, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A Wakeman man is out on bond while his Pennsylvania extradition case is pending.

Dennis S. Burns, 41, of 5810 U.S. 20, Lot 152, is wanted as a fugitive of justice in connection with a probation violation warrant. Huron County Common Pleas Courts records indicate his original conviction was assault.

"It was a misdemeanor offense in Pennsylvania," Judge Jim Conway said during Monday's hearing.

Burns was arrested locally Sept. 11.

Conway said since the defendant voluntarily came to the Huron County Sheriff's Office and provided an accurate address, prosecutors recommended Burns be released on a personal recognizance bond. That means Burns signed a court document saying he promised to come to future hearings without paying any money. His previous bond was $5,000 with a 10-percent provision.

If Burns fails to appear, he could face a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by 180 days in the Huron County Jail.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff and public defender David Longo said Pennsylvania authorities originally said they were willing to come get Burns, but since that time they are deciding what to do.

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