Burglar released early from prison

Cary Ashby • Jun 3, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A local burglar was released early from prison Monday.

Former Willard resident Joshua L. Cerritos, 20, obtained his GED while serving about 16 months in prison for a burglary conviction. He was placed on three years of parole Monday and ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"There is a bed available June 3," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said.

Cerritos, who has been screened for the CBCF, will be held in the Huron County Jail until he is transferred.

"The court believes judicial release would be appropriate in this case," Conway said without elaborating.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff, who represented the state Monday, had no objections to Cerritos being released early from prison.

In early June 2013, Cerritos was sentenced to three years in prison. About two months earlier, he pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in exchange for the dismissal of two other burglary charges.

His accomplice, Kyle E. Zarcone, 20, also formerly of Willard, is serving four years and 11 months in prison for two separate crimes. About a week after Cerritos was sent to the slammer, Zarcone was given a four-year prison term for a Feb. 4, 2013 burglary and 11 months for obstruction of justice, which was for a Dec. 19, 2012 incident.

The Willard burglary happened about 7:30 a.m. when a woman who was eight months pregnant was home with her 9-year-old daughter.

The mother, who heard Zarcone and Cerritos leave, noticed her TV was missing from her living room. She also saw footprints in the snow heading away from an open window.

"(Zarcone) believed nobody was home ... so he went ahead and went in," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said last year. "All Mr. Cerritos did was stand outside and secure the television set. They abandoned it during the pursuit by the police."

The Willard Police Department used the pair's footprints to find them lying down in the enclosed porch of a vacant residence about 3 1/2 blocks southwest of the victim's home. Officers earlier found the TV in a nearby alley.

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