Break-in defendant applies for diversion program

Cary Ashby • Mar 12, 2014 at 5:17 PM

A break-in suspect could be a good candidate for the diversion program, a judge said Monday.

Ashley R. Miller, 27, of 17 1/2 E. Hooker St., New London, is charged with breaking and entering in connection with an Aug. 14 incident. She earlier posted a $5,000 bond.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said the defendant has accumulated the appropriate funds to apply for the diversion program.

"I'm under the assumption this is going to work out," Conway told the attorneys.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff, after Monday's hearing, explained what the diversion program is.

"It's a lot like probation before someone enters a plea," he said. "It's for lesser felonies."

An employee of the prosecutor's office oversees the program. Defendants have to pay an up-front service fee and also must make full restitution. The person wouldn't have a conviction on his or her record if the defendant completes the program.

"It's authorized by statute. I think every prosecutor's office in the state has (a similar program)," Woodruff said.

Also charged with breaking and entering in connection with the same case is Andrea L. Jenkins, 41, of 100 S. Main St., Lot 1, North Fairfield.

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