Firearm thief gets 2 years in prison

Defense attorney says client possibly "took the rap" for crime someone else committed.
Cary Ashby
Mar 17, 2013


A Norwalk man convicted of stealing two handguns from "someone who trusted him" was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday.

Kevin J. Loyer, 36, most recently of 330 E. Water St., admitted in court he committed the June 30 crime to support his heroin habit.

Loyer, in late January, pleaded guilty to theft of a firearm. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss charges of receiving stolen property and breaking and entering.

The Norwalk Police Department investigated the theft of a firearm, which reportedly involved a co-defendant, local resident Erica L. Trushel, 42. Authorities have said Loyer stole two handguns from a family acquaintance while Trushel reportedly was with him.

"When the defendant (Loyer) committed this offense, he admitted he stole from someone who trusted him ... someone who grew up in his home," said Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker, who also noted Loyer was in an unhealthy relationship with his girlfriend, Trushel.

"I believe the co-defendant has been indicted," Shenker said.

Trushel, who is prohibited from being on a Greenwich Milan Townline Road property, has an April 23 trial date set on one count of complicity to burglary. If convicted of the second-degree felony, she faces two to eight years in prison.

Huron County Sheriff's Detectives Josh Querin and Bill Duncan investigated an Aug. 17 break-in at a Cleveland Road business. The investigators have said Loyer and Trushel reportedly stole some money, but they didn't have to forcibly enter 777 Sweepstakes because they had a key.

"We believe it was a heroin-related crime," Querin said during an earlier interview.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said it's possible Loyer "took the wrap" for a crime someone else committed.

Loyer must pay $1,000 in restitution to a male victim to cover the cost of some missing cash and jewelry. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also ordered him to pay $1,550 to 777 Sweepstakes.



I bet that the lawyer inferred he took the "rap" instead of the "wrap" :)

swiss family

what??? actual prison time??? he must have decided NOT o "blow probation"


theft of a firearm is mandatory time...I wish most of you people who complain on here about sentences actually knew the law!! If someone is a first time felon the judge is NOT ALOUD to send them to prison if the crime is a felony 4 or 5!! PLEASE know your laws before commentting because you make yourself look stupid to people who actually do know the law.

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swiss cheese kat

You are right but trying to explain the law to the know-it-alls is like potty training a stubborn child.

Mr. Touchdown

Doesnt take a genious to figure out Conway is way too lenient!I see repeat convicted felons on here getting slapped on the wrist over & over & charges reduced or thrown out.I bet Conway has a big rubber stamp that says CBCF on it.
It's my understanding that Crawford County is much harsher on their punishments for drugs.
Conway & Leffler need to go!

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swiss cheese kat

Conway's current term expires on December 31, 2018. 5 more years of his liberal views on punishment.

Kottage Kat

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Its not Kevins first time though.

Brock Lee