Burglar's co-defendant sentenced to jail

Aaron Krause • Jun 19, 2014 at 1:07 PM

The co-defendant of an accused burglar who pleaded guilty to an amended felony was sentenced to 90 days in jail Wednesday at the discretion of the probation department.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said probation department officials could ask him to forgo the sentence.

Paige L. Richards Faste, 23, of 617 E. Center St., Bellevue, pleaded guilty in early April to burglary, which was amended to a fourth-degree felony.

Her accomplice is Bellevue resident Christian N. Lewis, 22, of 318 Belle Ave., who was convicted of breaking and entering. He faces six to 12 months behind bars when he's sentenced June 25.

The pair are convicted of a Sept. 30 incident investigated by the Bellevue Police Department. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff has said the defendants "went into an occupied structure and committed a theft."

Woodruff requested local jail time. He also said the defendant has prior misdemeanors and a drug-related substance abuse problem, which needs to be addressed. However, he said he has no objection to community control sanctions.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Richards Faste had a child with her co-defendant a couple months ago. Officials were trying to place her in a "healing house," but couldn't accept her due to her "borderline personality disorder."

The defendant told Conway she's staying out of trouble and away from "certain people."

"I'm really trying to get my life together," she said.

Richards Faste also said she has job possibilities through Erie County's summer youth program, which she should start within the next couple of weeks. She added she asked for full-time employment and hopes to arrange care for her baby while she's at work.

As for her psychological issues, the defendant said she's been seeing a psychiatrist for about a year.

Conway said she must continue counseling, be subjected to urinalysis and maintain employment.

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