Burglar says he wants to 'turn myself around,' maintain sobriety

Cary Ashby • Oct 12, 2013 at 6:07 PM

A convicted burglar has agreed to participate in an intense, Christian-based substance abuse program.

David A. Reed, 33, of 21 W. League St., also must pay $485 in restitution as part of his three years of basic probation. Of that total, $360 will go to the female victim and the rest to Cashland.

While Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he's not as impressed with Teen Challenge as Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway is, he said he believes the program should be appropriate way for Reed to address his "drug issues."

"Mr. Reed has been in jail for quite some time. ... He's sober. He is committed to being sober," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

The defendant has agreed to participate in Life Challenge in Michigan. The program is a part of Teen Challenge, a 12- to 14-month substance abuse program for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions. Since the program is Christian-based, a judge can't order a defendant to participate in the program; he or she must indicate they want to do so.

Reed, who was fined $250 Thursday, told Conway he wants "the chance to turn myself around" and get his life together.

In late August, Reed pleaded guilty to burglary for pawning a laptop computer he helped steal from a State Street home. Attorneys and the judge haven't named Reed's co-defendant in various hearings, but they have referred to the man as an "unindicted co-conspirator."

The Norwalk Police Department investigated the June 8 burglary.

Reed told police "he was tricked by another individual ... but admitted he entered the residence without authorization," Leffler said in August.

Longo had a different spin on the crime. He said Reed "maintained" the other man, who lived near the victims, went in first and his client didn't intend to follow-through with the burglary, but did enter the residence.

Reed will remain in custody at the Huron County Jail until he is transported to a bus station for further transportation to Life Challenge.

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