Lawyer says defendant's brother threw his client 'under the bus'

Cary Ashby • Apr 19, 2014 at 6:07 PM

The attorney for a Willard man who broke into a Greenwich pole barn said his client took responsibility for what he did, but he suspects his client's brother was the main culprit.

Timothy A. Brant, 33, most recently of 324 Keefer St., was fined $500 for breaking and entering.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled Brant will be supervised at a high level during his three years of basic probation and his probation officer has the discretion of when to impose a 90-day jail sentence. The judge said Brant could be on the work release program, but if he doesn't have a job, the sentence would start immediately. The defendant said he had roofing job, which was scheduled to start Wednesday -- the same day as his sentencing hearing.

Brant's conviction is for a July 24 break-in when he was on probation through Norwalk Municipal Court. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff has said the owner set up a camera system which caught Brant in the act. The victim's ladders were recovered later.

Brant and his brother each were arrested. However, Huron County Public Defender David Longo said only his client was prosecuted and accused the brother of throwing Brant "under the bus."

"This Mr. Brant was the less culpable of the two," Longo added.

The defendant earlier served 48 days in the Huron County Jail for the break-in. If he violates his probation, he faces one year in prison.

"I'm very sorry for what happened," Brant told the judge.

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