Cop attacker sent to prison for violating probation

Cary Ashby • Apr 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A Sandusky man currently serving a prison term for felony domestic violence admitted Monday he violated his local probation.

Trae A. Hunter, 22, had been under community control sanctions through Huron County Common Pleas Court since mid-September 2011.

Hunter admitted Monday to changing his residence without the permission of his probation officer and failing to show up for office visits since March 26, 2013. He also submitted a urine sample Oct. 7 at the Huron County Jail, which tested positive for THC.

As part of an agreement between prosecutors and the public defender, Hunter was sentenced to seven months in prison. Judge Jim Conway ruled the term would run consecutive to his current prison sentence and credited the defendant with already serving about 140 days of local jail time.

Hunter started serving a 17-month term at the Lorain Correctional Institution on March 5, according to prison records. He was convicted of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, through Erie County Common Pleas Court.

Locally, Hunter pleaded guilty to attempted assault on a police officer and domestic violence in late July 2012.

Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp responded to a May 18, 2012 domestic disturbance complaint at the home of Hunter's ex-girlfriend. The officer sustained several injuries after a tussle in a narrow hallway with Hunter, who fled from police and threw a TV at officers. Hipp, who was punched in the face, was treated for bruised ribs and contusions to his lip and chest wall at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

"I want the court to know I'm sorry for the decision I made. My anger got the best of me," Hunter said in September 2012.

Also this week, Hunter was indicted by an Erie County grand jury on felony charges of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and assault with a specification.

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