Man gets six month term for breaking and entering

Cary Ashby • Feb 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A judge sentenced a Shiloh man to six months in prison Friday in connection with a breaking and entering incident.

Justin L. Trotter, 30, of Shiloh, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering. In exchange, the state dismissed a tampering with evidence charge, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

The prosecutor said police found Trotter ruining a house under construction. When police approached him, he threw the hammer he used aside and ran.

"The guy has a lengthy background so that's why he's going to prison for it," Leffler said.

In April 2010, Trotter was sentenced to 17 months in prison for attacking his former live-in girlfriend with a hammer in December, 2009.

"He worked her over pretty good," Leffler said at the time. He added the victim, who had broken up with Trotter, complained of eyesight or hearing problems.

Trotter pleaded guilty in March 2010 to domestic violence in exchange for the state dismissing a felonious assault charge. Leffler said it was Trotter's third domestic violence charge since he turned 18.

In mid-March 2007, then Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge sentenced Trotter to three months in the Huron County Jail and fined him $200 for a March 14, 2007 domestic violence incident. As part of his two years of probation, the defendant was ordered to show proof of six months of anger management counseling by Oct. 15, 2007.

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