Burglar tells judge: 'I wish I'd never done it'

Cary Ashby • Apr 7, 2014 at 11:22 PM

A convicted burglar will be on house arrest for the next 90 days.

Cameron M. Bays, 26, of 6 Third St., pleaded guilty in February to attempted burglary. On Thursday, he was ordered to pay $15 in restitution to the female victim to replace a damaged screen and was fined $500. The victim was a family member.

"I wasn't in my right mind that day. I wish I'd never done it," Bays quietly told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

The defendant, who committed the Aug. 19 offense while on probation, said he wasn't sure why tried to break into the residence. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff has said Bays attempted to trespass at a Valley Park Drive residence by cutting the screen out of a window.

"He became scared and ran way," Woodruff said during the defendant's Feb. 11 plea hearing.

Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper, during Thursday's sentencing hearing, said Bays took advantage of his relationship with the victim when he "tried to break into the home and steal something."

The Norwalk Police Department handled the investigation.

"There was no actual entry," said Huron County Public Defender David Longo, who ranked the attempted burglary "about a .03" on a scale of 1 to 10.

Bays was cooperative with police, "admitted to everything" and expressed remorse to the officer who took his statement, Longo said.

"I believe his remorse is genuine," the public defender added.

As a condition of Bays' three years of intensive probation, he faces 90 days in the Huron County Jail on the work release program. His probation officer has the discretion of when to schedule the sentence or can ask the court to waive it if Bays is doing well under community control sanctions.

"I'm going to place you on house arrest for the next 90 days," said Conway, who ruled Bays is allowed to leave his house only for probation office appointments and substance abuse treatment.

If Bays violates the terms of his probation, he faces 18 months in prison.

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