Break-in convict to be screened for CBCF

Cary Ashby • Aug 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A break-in defendant will be screened for possible acceptance into a locked-down substance abuse treatment center.

Michael B. Amburgey, 29, of 87 Birch Park, New London, stipulated in late June there was probable cause he violated his probation in connection with a positive drug screen, which reportedly involved multiple drugs. The defendant has been on community control since October.

Amburgey's underlying conviction is breaking and entering. Attorneys have said he stole some copper from buildings being torn down during the June 19, 2013 break-in.

Also, the defendant has a pending charge of tampering with evidence in connection with a June 24, 2013 incident. Huron County Public Defender David Longo said he hopes Amburgey going to a community-based corrections facility for four to six months will resolve the tampering and probation violation cases. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Judge Jim Conway, at a recent hearing, told Amburgey he seemed to have a good attitude, but he needs to express that during his screening interview with CBCF officials.

In late October, Amburgey was sentenced to a 60-day discretionary jail term and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution as part of his three years of probation. Conway also ordered him to pursue his GED and employment. Amburgey earlier served 33 days in the Huron County Jail, where he was in custody as of Monday.

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