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Break-in defendant gets probation, no more jail time

Cary Ashby • Oct 26, 2013 at 2:07 PM

A local man faces a discretionary jail sentence for stealing scrap copper from a New Haven business.

New Haven resident Michael B. Amburgey, 28, must pay $1,000 in restitution and seek his GED as part of his three years of probation.

Amburgey already served 33 days in the Huron County Jail, but Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled he faces another 60 days of discretionary time. That means Amburgey's probation officer can impose the jail term at his or her discretion or can ask the judge to waive it if the defendant does well on community control.

"What I want you to do is (to) continue to seek work," Conway told him Thursday.

In mid-September, Amburgey pleaded guilty to breaking and entering. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of tampering with evidence.

Attorneys have called the June 19 incident a "scrapping case" and a serious crime.

"He was stealing copper. They were tearing down buildings. ... He broke into a building where the copper was being stored," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said in September.

"This appears to be Mr. Amburgey's first felony (conviction), so he's not prison eligible," Woodruff said Thursday.

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