A Norwalk man was convicted Friday of theft and a lesser charge related to tampering with evidence in exchange for the state dropping a charge of tampering with evidence.
Matthew S. Griggs, 29, of 1243 S. Norwalk Road, pleaded guilty to theft as well as attempted tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony. The original charge was a third-degree felony.
The tampering incident is suspected of happening between July 14 and 21 while the alleged theft is in connection with an Aug. 14 incident.
If convicted, Griggs faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison and a maximum fine totaling $15,000.
The defendant is prohibited from having any association or communication with the female victim. Griggs also is subject to random drug screens.
Griggs will be sentenced at 8:45 a.m. March 14.