Defendant still MIA

Cary Ashby • Apr 24, 2014 at 9:07 PM

For the second time in about a week, defendant Kenneth E. Jenkins wasn't in court.

Jenkins, 23, of Bellevue, didn't show up for his further sentencing hearing Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Judge Jim Conway said the court didn't finish the April 17 sentencing hearing when the defendant didn't return to the courtroom; a prosecutor has said Jenkins had gone to the bathroom.

Defense attorney Reese Wineman told the judge Wednesday he didn't have any idea where Jenkins was. Wineman said his office had a cell phone number that worked earlier, but they've "had no luck in contacting him."

Conway ruled the failure-to-appear warrant, which he issued April 17, would stay in place.

On Feb. 24, Jenkins pleaded guilty to one count each of forgery and receiving stolen property. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one charge of receiving stolen property. The Bellevue Police Department investigated both cases.

Jenkins brought a forged check for $350 to a bank July 15, received $310 in cash and deposited the rest, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said earlier.

In the receiving stolen property case, police used a search warrant at a residence where Jenkins was staying Oct. 2. Kasper said officers found a bag with some of the defendant's court papers and recovered a stolen laptop computer and tablet. The two items were worth about $1,192.

The victims were in the courtroom Wednesday before the brief hearing.

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