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Man fails to appear for hearing

Heather Chapin-Fowler • Jul 28, 2014 at 11:53 PM

A 24-year-old Sandusky man is wanted after failing to appear for a further sentence hearing in the Huron County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.

Jacob Wimer and his brother Jedidiah Wimer, 21, also of Sandusky, were convicted in connection to a heroin trafficking case late last year.

Jacob Wimer was initially indicted on a charge of complicity to trafficking in heroin which was later reduced to obstruction of justice during a plea deal in February. Jacob Wimer was pulled into the crime by way of driving his girlfriend's car to assist in the deal, according to a previously story published in the Reflector.

Wimer was orginally scheduled to be sentenced in April but that date was postponed until Wednesday, according to court records.

The court records don't indicate why there was a significant lag in time for the postponement.

Wimer's attorney Robert Reno told Judge Jim Conway that he confirmed the hearing with his client a week ago to remind him via a telephone conversation but had no idea where his client was Wednesday morning.

"I'm certain he knows he's supposed to be here this morning. I just hope something bad hasn't happened," Reno said.

Reno also said he had called several of Wimer's known friends and relatives but wasn't able to locate him the morning of the hearing.

The court ordered Wimer's arrest as soon as possible and he will be held at the jail until the court can reschedule his sentencing.

Meanwhile, Wimer's brother has already served his time and has been released early from incarceration for his involvement in the crime.

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