Man punished for garage break-in

Cary Ashby • Jan 12, 2014 at 10:07 AM

An Ashland man's probation officer has the discretion of when to impose a 90-day jail term which a judge ordered Tuesday.

Patrick A. Belt, 20, also must pay $925 in restitution to the male victim to cover the cost of repairing and installing a garage door. He also was fined $500 as part of his three years of probation.

In December, Belt pleaded guilty to breaking and entering. In exchange for the conviction, prosecutors dismissed one count of tampering with evidence in connection with the defendant attempting to hide a wrench in a toilet paper roll at the Willard police station.

Belt has been in the Ashland County Jail. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the defendant is waiting to be accepted into a community-based corrections facility for a felony drug-abuse conviction. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"He has been in jail for a significant amount of time," Huron County Public Defender David Longo told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Locally, Belt will be on basic probation, but supervised at a high level. If he violates the terms of his community control sanctions, he faces one year in prison.

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