Thief admits to probation violations

Cary Ashby • Apr 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A Norwalk man convicted of complicity to theft had two years added to his probation Monday so he could pay restitution to the victim.

Norwalk resident Lance M. Borchers, 24, has been under community control sanctions since mid-April 2011. At Monday's hearing, he admitted to failing to make payments toward $3,273 in restitution and as of June 27, 2011, failed to find or maintain full-time employment.

"He needs to begin paying his restitution," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said.

Now that Borchers has a job, Conway told him he wants to see him be "aggressive about making restitution."

As an added condition of his probation, Borchers faces a 90-day jail term. His probation officer has the discretion of when to schedule the sentence or can ask the court to have it waived if Borchers does well on probation. The defendant also must pay a $250 fine.

"He basically hasn't committed too many violations," probation officer Jim Zappa told the judge.

Borchers earlier served 30 days in jail for assisting several juveniles with a local burglary. The Huron County Sheriff's Office investigated the Sept. 21 and Oct. 21, 2010 offenses which happened outside of Norwalk.

A Norwalk girl drove the defendants to the victim's home, where they stole some money. She met the group later in the driveway and took them to Walmart, where they spent some of the money, prosecutors said. The girl, who reportedly received some money for what she did, was 16 at the time.

The co-defendants' cases went through Huron County Juvenile Court.

The girl was charged with complicity to theft and spent 29 days in detention. She was placed on the I-Fast program, an intensive in-home, family-oriented counseling program. In mid-March 2011 and again about one month later, the girl was sent back to detention for probation violations.

In mid-October 2010, a Norwalk boy who was 17 at the time was sentenced to a minimum of one year in the Department of Youth Services. He and another boy who was 14 at the time each admitted to a burglary charge. The younger Norwalk boy spent seven days in detention.

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