Break-in defendant gets jail time

Local woman who skipped original sentencing hearing gets locked up for 90 days.
Cary Ashby
Jan 8, 2013

A break-in defendant was sentenced Monday to 90 days in the Huron County Jail -- about four days after she failed to appear for her original sentencing hearing.

Ava S. Sword, 33, of 123 Butler Road, New London, earlier pleaded guilty to breaking into a relative's farm and stealing $149 worth of copper pipes. The incident took place May 15.

"I know she received $149 for the copper pipes; I'm sure they are more valuable than that," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said, referring to the victim.

In early November, Sword pleaded guilty to breaking and entering. Leffler said the crime appeared to be motivated by drugs, but he wasn't sure if Sword or her husband has a drug addiction.

"This a first-time felony," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

However, Sword has an unspecified felony case pending in Lorain County.

Her sentencing hearing for the local case was scheduled for Thursday, but she failed to appear. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway issued a warrant for the defendant's arrest.

Sword was booked into the Huron County Jail about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

As part of her three years of basic probation, she was fined $250 and must pay $149 in restitution. Sword faces one year in prison if she violates the terms of her community control sanctions.