Burglar released from jail, told to prove he has job by next hearing

Cary Ashby • Jan 28, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A convicted burglar asked for "some leniency" and got it.

Franklin D. Combs II, 32, of 3951 Henry Road, Plymouth, must prove he has a job before his next probation violation hearing, Feb. 24 in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Judge Jim Conway told him Monday he needs to prove he has a job because otherwise, he said he likely would side with the state's request for a prison term.

Conway, who released Combs from jail on a personal recognizance bond, warned the defendant he remains under the supervision of probation officer Andrea Cooke. The judge told him he should be expected to be drug-tested.

Earlier in Monday's hearing, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper requested Combs serve about six months in prison for violating his probation on separate convictions for burglary and breaking-and-entering.

The burglary happened Oct. 9, 2010 while the break-in was Nov. 27, 2010.

On Dec. 3, 2010, Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard and several deputies arrested Combs and a Willard man at the Huron Valley Mobile Home Park with about 400 pounds of conduit, which contains copper wires. Deputies said the men stripped the wire from the conduit, took it to a Richland County scrap yard to sell and then used the money to buy heroin.

Combs was placed on three years of intensive probation in mid-April 2011. He was ordered to pay $1,949 in restitution to a Norwalk recycling center and $207 to the Plymouth female victim, according to court records.

The defendant admitted to multiple probation violations Monday. Those offenses include: A Norwalk Municipal Court conviction Dec. 9 for non-compliance related to driving with a suspended license; failing to notify his probation officer he'd been fired; refusing to submit to a Dec. 23 drug screen and not coming to two office visits scheduled within a week of each other in December.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo told the judge Monday his client did well on probation until the end of 2013.

The Greenwich Police Department stopped Combs for driving with a suspended license Nov. 26. Longo said his client didn't want his wife to leave home at midnight with their newborn child to pick him up from work so "he took a chance" and drove himself.

When pleading his case Monday, Combs asked the judge for "some leniency" and "a second shot" on probation.

"I'd rather be supporting my family than do six months," he said.

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