Defendant accused of probation violation

Cary Ashby • Feb 7, 2014 at 9:07 PM

An area resident convicted of a drug-related offense admitted there is probable cause he violated his probation.

Former Willard resident Jessie R. Gonzalez, 27, most recently of Attica, was in Huron County Common Pleas Court on Monday, appearing on a summons.

On July 30, Gonzalez pleaded guilty to possession of oxycodone. As part of a plea deal, the state dismissed one count of receiving stolen property, which related to the same Feb. 17 incident.

He was placed on three years of probation in mid-September. Judge Jim Conway ordered Gonzalez to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Also, the defendant was fined $500 and ordered to forfeit $910 seized during the Feb. 17 traffic stop by the Willard Police Department.

Gonzalez earlier served a 150-day jail term for one count each of aggravated menacing and criminal trespassing. The sentence ended Sept. 20.

The misdemeanors were for the defendant making threatening comments during a Feb. 22 incident investigated by the Plymouth Police Department. Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said earlier that Gonzalez made the threats while holding a gun at his side when he "forced his way into the apartment while the occupants were present." Authorities handled the case as a burglary at first.

Gonzalez's next probation-related hearing is Feb. 24.

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