Defendant ordered to stay away from Varsity Club during probation

Cary Ashby • Apr 25, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A Willard break-in defendant must stay off the premises of the Varsity Club during his three years of probation.

Donald R. Patton, 25, of 303 Washington St., must reimburse the Bullhead Road, Willard, restaurant $75 to cover the cost of a broken lock.

"He hopes to have that by the end of the week," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said during Wednesday's sentencing hearing.

Patton, who was fined $500, also must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff's Office $35 to cover the cost of drug testing. That's for a charge of possession of heroin in connection with a Nov. 3 incident that prosecutors dismissed during a plea deal.

"He has admitted he has some issues with drugs -- heroin, alcohol and prescription pills," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said.

In late February, Patton pleaded guilty to breaking and entering for an Oct. 31 incident. Longo said he doesn't believe anything was stolen at the time, but he's certain drugs played a factor.

"He was honest about that," the public defender added.

Patton told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway he is sorry for what he did and added the 37 days he spent in the Huron County Jail "made a big difference in my life." The judge credited Patton with the time he's already served, but imposed a 90-day sentence on the work release program. The term is discretionary, meaning Patton's probation officer has the option of when to have him serve it or could ask the court to waive the sentence if Patton does particularly well on community control sanctions.

If Patton violates his probation, he faces one year in prison.

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