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Thief convicted of amended count of burglary

Aaron Krause • Jun 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

A burglar's co-defendant pleaded guilty Tuesday to an amended count of burglary, paving the way for his sentencing for July 30 in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Joseph J. Blackburn, 28, of 3076 Hanville Corners Road, Monroeville, originally was charged with burglary in connection with a Sept. 7 incident involving a Willard resident. If convicted, he faced nine months to three years in prison.

Blackburn's co-defendant, Rebecca A. Hale, 24, of 112 Dale St., Willard, pleaded guilty on June 10 to an amended county of burglary, dropping the charge from a third-degree felony to a fourth-degree felony. She's scheduled to be sentenced at 8:45 a.m. July 23. Hale also faced nine months to three years in prison.

Blackburn originally was charged with third-degree felony, but the state waived that after he pleaded guilty to amended, fourth-degree felony of burglary.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Blackburn went into a Willard apartment and stole a 32-inch flat screen television.

Hale was "complicit essentially in the burglary," Kasper said. "She knew the TV was there."

Kasper said both went to Sandusky to sell the television and traded it for drugs.

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