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On second thought ...

Scott Seitz2 • Jul 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Willard woman who showed up to be sentenced in the Huron County Common Pleas Court Wednesday, but then left before her hearing began.

Rebecca Hale, 24, of 112 Dale St., was released on a personal signature bond last month awaiting further court proceedings in a burglary case.

Hale showed up early Wednesday morning to court and spoke to her attorney Reese Wineman who told her Judge James Conway intended to put her in jail because she was being uncooperative with the pre-sentence investigation. In fact, Hale didn't show up so that the probation department could conduct the pre-sentence investigation.

Hale was accompanied by her mother and told Wineman that she had to go call her father after she got the news. But, she never came back.

"I can't explain what happened," Wineman told Conway standing at the podium without his client.

"Ms. Hale has apparently decided she doesn't wish to join us this morning," Conway responded.

On request of Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper, an arrest warrant was signed by the judge for Hale to be picked up as soon as she can be located.

Hale entered a guilty plea to an amended count of burglary last month and was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

But since the pre-sentence investigation hadn't been completed, Conway wanted to hold her in jail and postpone the sentencing until the report was filed with his office.

Hale was charged along with co-defendant Joseph Blackburn, 28, of Monroeville for a Sept. 7 incident where the two entered a Willard apartment and stole a 32-inch flat screen television.

Hale was "complicit essentially in the burglary," Kasper said during an earlier court hearing, according to a previously published story in the Reflector. "She knew the TV was there."

Kasper also said at the time that the pair went to Sandusky to sell the television and traded it for drugs.

Hale ended up being released on a signature bond because Hale requires "ongoing care" for a liver problem, according to the story.

Hale is prohibited from entering the victim's premises and faces nine months to three years in prison.

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