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Burglary, DUI, heroin defendants plead guilty

Cary Ashby • Jun 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A burglar, drunken-driver and drug dealer pleaded guilty to their respective charges last week in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Rebecca A. Hale, 24, of 112 Dale St., Willard, was convicted of burglary for stealing a TV during a Sept. 7 incident. She faces six to 18 months behind bars when she is sentenced July 23 in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

In a separate case, John A. Waite, 60, of 1163 U.S. 20, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a second charge of DUI.

"He didn't take the (sobriety) test," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.

Waite's conviction is for a Sept. 7 traffic stop handled by the Norwalk Police Department. According to his indictment, "within 20 years of committing the offense, (Waite) previously had been convicted or pleaded guilty to five or more equivalent offenses."

"This was his sixth in 20 years," Woodruff said.

The prosecutor said there was a significant amount of time between Waite's previous DUI conviction and this one. The defendant will be sentenced Aug. 13.

In a third case heard Tuesday, Jason J. Taylor, 36, of 5173 Tomahawk Drive, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin. The controlled drug buy happened Nov. 18.

"In exchange for that (plea), we agree to dismiss count two," Woodruff said, referring to trafficking in Fentanyl.

Taylor sold .08 grams of heroin to a confidential informant, he told Judge Jim Conway. The defendant, who earlier posted a $5,000 bond, will be sentenced July 24.

"The sale was made in the vicinity of a juvenile," Woodruff said.

Hale and Waite are out on personal recognizance bonds. That means they signed a court document in which they promised to appear for further hearings and didn't have to pay any money.

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