Break-in defendant admits to probation violations

Cary Ashby • Apr 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A break-in defendant who violated his probation must pay the remainder of the restitution and supervision fees he owes.

If Norwalk resident Kenneth A. Bodnar, 25, pays the remaining $150 in restitution and $280 of supervision fees, his 120-day jail sentence could be shortened to 60 days. The defendant will remain on electronically-monitored house arrest, but has permission to drive to make arrangements for the work release program and his job. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway is expected to rule Bodnar didn't successfully complete his probation once he's finished his jail term.

"Apparently he's a very good employee. He's up for a promotion," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said at Monday's hearing.

Bodnar admitted to multiple probation violations Monday. He said he takes responsibility for everything he did.

"I still drove and drank a little," he said.

Those probation violations included separate convictions through Norwalk and Sandusky municipal courts for driving with a suspended license. Conway said the Norwalk Police Department charged Bodnar with driving under the influence in connection with a March 29 incident when he reportedly drove over a curb and tree lawn and had a blood-alcohol content level that tested at 1.75. The legal limit for drivers is .08.

Since March 7, Bodnar failed to report a law-enforcement contact with his probation officer. He also failed to report to a March 25 probation office visit and admitted to a March 29 curfew violation.

Bodnar's underlying conviction is breaking and entering. He has been on three years of probation since July 26, 2012.

He successfully completed a term in a community-based corrections facility Sept. 1. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Bodnar said he is grateful for his experience at the CBCF and also thankful he hasn't been on any pills since 2012.

Probation officer Andrea Cooke told the judge Bodnar missed three office visits and had separate sanctions imposed for a marijuana-related positive drug test and being in Bluto's Sports Bar & Grill.

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