'Desperate act out of love' leads to prison term
Nov 15, 2013 at 6:30 PM
The convicted felon called the Aug. 18 burglary at his ex-girlfriend's apartment "a desperate act out of love."
Defendant Joshua Q. Case, 23, said he didn't intend to scare his ex-girlfriend when he broke into her Wakeman residence.
On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to burglary in exchange for the state dismissing one felony count of abduction.
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway imposed an 18-month prison sentence, which Case will serve at the same time he spends 17 months behind bars for a series of probation violations. The term was part of a joint recommendation between the state and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.
The Wakeman Police Department investigated the Aug. 18 burglary.
"He (Case) tried to rip open the front door. He was unable to gain access," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.
The defendant took a neighbor's ladder off a truck to access his ex-girlfriend's second-story apartment. Case said he took an air-conditioning unit out of the window and placed it inside the apartment.
Police had accused Case of assaulting the woman while she was inside.
"He made her stay there and pushed her down a couple times," Chief Tim Hunker said earlier. "She had some marks on the back of her neck. She was shaken up more than anything else."
The disturbance woke up a neighbor, who later dropped off Case south of Wakeman. He was arrested at his mother's Zenobia Road house.
"(Case) appeared to be under the influence of something, but (we) couldn't smell anything on him," Hunker said.
Once the victim left her apartment, she went to her grandfather's residence and friend of her family then called police.
Case had been released from a community-based corrections facility only two months before the burglary. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
At Tuesday's hearing, Case admitted to several probation violations, which included the burglary, a curfew violation that same night and an Aug. 13 positive drug screen for Suboxone.
Case was on felony probation through Huron County at the time of the Wakeman burglary.
In August 2012, Case pleaded guilty to a May 2, 2012 burglary investigated by Huron County Sheriff's Cpl. Jeff Kerber. The incident didn't involve forced entry.