The defendant's mother didn't want her son to spend time in prison; she was concerned about him getting substance abuse treatment.
"I want him to be a productive member of society," she told the judge Tuesday. "I've forgiven him; it's over and done with."
Allan D. Andrews, 30, 717 E. Main St., Bellevue, pleaded guilty to attempted safecracking in mid-October. His parents, the victims in the Oct. 20 crime, declined to pursue any restitution.
"I believe he is remorseful. I believe he wants to turn his life around," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.
Andrews, who graduated from college with honors, said he thinks he can do something positive with his life as long as he moves out of "this area." Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway quickly reminded him he needs to take care of his substance abuse issues, including alcoholism and his previous use of methamphetamine and cocaine.
Since Andrews has a prior felony record, he could have been sentenced to six to 12 months in prison.
However, the judge, citing the parents' desire for "in-house treatment," ordered Andrews to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. He will be held in the Huron County Jail until he is screened for possible acceptance into a CBCF.
Andrews also was fined $250. If he violates the terms of his three years of probation, he faces one year in prison.