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Break-in defendant gets probation, 30-day jail term and $500 fine

Cary Ashby • Jun 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

A break-in defendant with a new full-time job will be serving 30 days in jail on the work release program as soon as he is eligible.

Christian N. Lewis, 22, of 318 Belle Ave., Bellevue, also faces a $500 fine and another 60 days of discretionary jail time during his three years of probation. That means his probation officer has the discretion of when to have the defendant serve the time or if Lewis is doing well on community control sanctions, he or she could request the court waive part or all of the sentence.

Lewis, who was credited with serving eight days in the Huron County Jail, started his full-time job about two weeks ago. He also plans on starting a part-time position.

"He's working to get back on his feet and get out of his parents' house," defense attorney Paul Dolce said during Wednesday's sentencing hearing.

Dolce had requested Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway consider giving Lewis discretionary jail time so he could prove he can live a law-abiding life.

In mid-May, Lewis pleaded guilty to an amended fifth-degree felony of complicity to breaking and entering. The Bellevue Police Department investigated the Sept. 30 incident in which a TV reportedly was stolen. A Huron County grand jury indicted Lewis in mid-December on burglary, a third-degree felony, which was punishable by nine months to three years in prison.

If Lewis violates his probation, he faces one year in prison -- the maximum time for the amended charge.

His accomplice, Paige L. Richards-Faste, 23, of 617 E. Center St., Bellevue, faces a 90-day discretionary jail term during her three years of probation. In early April, she pleaded guilty to burglary, a fourth-degree felony.

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