Burglar gets 4-year prison term for lengthy 'crime spree'

Mark Noller's co-defendant has 'been totally remorseful' and provided information that led to Norwalk 'heroin house' raid, defense attorney says.
Cary Ashby
Apr 4, 2013

The defendant's mother sobbed loudly when she realized her 24-year-old son was going to prison for four years.

Cory B. Smith, of 40B Corwin St., pleaded guilty in mid-February to theft of a firearm and burglary.

"Smith was involved in a lengthy crime spree in November and December," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

The crimes involved co-defendant Mark A. Noller Jr., 37, of Norwalk. He is being held at the Huron County Jail without bond until he is sentenced May 2 for one count each of burglary and breaking and entering.

Smith and Noller have been convicted of stealing a firearm, some jewelry, watches, an iPod, computer and TVs from various Norwalk victims, who sustained more than $14,000 in damage.

The Nov. 27 victim reported the theft of a 9 mm pistol, a TV and laptop computer. Kasper has said Smith stole the gun from under the mattress and the culprits had ransacked the West Chestnut Street person's residence.

When the Erie Street victim came home Dec. 2, the person found their home ransacked. Smith, in a written statement to police, admitted to helping steal a TV, some jewelry, guitars and other items.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo passionately told the judge Wednesday it's hard to believe Smith, who has no prior felony or misdemeanor convictions, "was the ringleader" since Noller will be facing his third or fourth trip to prison. Longo also said giving Smith, essentially a first-time offender, "major time" is extreme.

"There was no actual violence and no actual injury," Longo said.

"He's sought treatment. He wants treatment," he said. "He's been totally remorseful."

During Smith's Feb. 19 plea hearing, the state agreed to dismiss two counts of burglary, three theft charges and one count of safecracking.

On Wednesday, the state recommended Smith receive a "mid-range prison term."

Longo said prosecutors were sending a "strong message, which is don't cooperate -- under any circumstances."

While Longo said Smith violated the sanctity of the victims' homes -- which he admitted is a serious offense -- he said his client's information led to officers using a search warrant at 14 E. Harkness St. An investigator at the time called the residence "a heroin house." Several people, including Smith, were arrested during the Dec. 3 drug raid. New tenants now occupy the house.

"He fully cooperated with authorities," Longo said.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway, after hearing from both sides and Smith, who admitted to being under the influence of heroin during the crime spree, said the defendant was living at one of the victimized residences when he committed the crimes. The judge also said the stolen items couldn't be replaced and the accomplices either destroyed or sold them.

Smith will serve a two-year sentence for the firearm theft at the same time he does four years for burglary. He and Noller must pay $1,500 in restitution to the victims, a female resident and two of Smith's relatives.

"I would probably not look at early release until after a couple years," Conway told Smith, who can apply for early release after six months and will be on three years of parole.

Comments

NotAHappyCamper

Ha! He deserves it.

Grateful

Why is Noller not going to prison for 15 years?

"Huron County Public Defender David Longo passionately told the judge Wednesday it's hard to believe Smith, who has no prior felony or misdemeanor convictions, "was the ringleader" since Noller will be facing his third or fourth trip to prison. Longo also said giving Smith, essentially a first-time offender, "major time" is extreme."

Is it that hard to send the scum creatures that plague this town away for long periods of time.

The family of the low lifes should be shamed out of town.

Grateful

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Sarrak

And what are you going to tell them - That Judge Conway gave an authorized sentence? That the Prosecutor asked for prison time? That the Public Defender represented his client?

Grandpa04

Im sure they will treat him good in prison , now that the news and the police announced he is an informant!

Sarrak

Snitches get stitches, right. If this guy really snitched, why didn't the others involved get charged?

simply me

While Longo said Smith violated the sanctity of the victims' homes -- which he admitted is a serious offense -- he said his client's information led to officers using a search warrant at 14 E. Harkness St. An investigator at the time called the residence "a heroin house."

OK NR, how stupid could this be. WHY would you put this in the newspaper?!

beentheredonethat

He got what he deserved and Noller should get 4 or more years. Why do these stupid druggies think they can go into homes and take people's hard earned things? Put them all in prison , get out the message this bs needs to stop. Norwalk still is a nice place to live.

Lillie Chaos

He only got 4 years....ONLY 4. Too bad it was not more--he is remorseful...Oh yeah...really sorry he got caught. Am sure he would be out breaking and entering and putting the rest of Huron County in danger because he is a drug addict if he had not been caught. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr

simply me

I love you Cory.

NotAHappyCamper

Idiot.

HS Sports Fan

I believe the whole system in your town is screwed up. If he lead people to get busted, he should get a job as a cop there. You guys are all jumping up and down because someone got sent away. Do you not read your paper or this blog? The herion addicts have made a big joke out of Norwalk and are getting away with it. I've seen offenders with multiple offences get off with a slap on the hand. You would think three strikes makes an out. This is the very first one I've seen get this kind of time and he was doing their job for them and has no priors. Do you really think this is a start of something? As someone else said "If this guy snitched, why didn't the others involved get charged? It appears as though they weren't interested in the info he was volunteering and that they are scared to death of the big guys. Only going after guys like this will not stop the problem. They are just trying to make you think their doing something. This kid was perfect for this because he is no threat to them or their families. I guess this seems to be alright with all of you. Are you happy with this kind of protection in your town? I'm so glad I don't live in Smacktown or Herion County. A town like Sandusky should be starting to look good to you right now.

middleonetoall

First off I know this young man personally and yes he has made some poor decisions lately. He has an addiction that unfortunately a lot of people in this area are also victim's of. It is a condition that is very hard to get past unfortunately there is no help in the Norwalk or Huron county area other than Firelands recovery and counseling center which I know first hand does not work. Because you have people waiting out side to sell to you soon as you leave. The closet places people can go get treatment is Cleveland and Toledo. Another problem is most insurance plans do not cover the treatment and the out of pocket expenses for the treatment not including the prescription's can be huge and not near affordable for people. There are no doctors in Norwalk that are willing to help. Heroin has quickly become an epidemic in our county but throwing these people in prison for extended periods does not help anyone because when they come out they still have the addiction because the drug is just as readily available in there as it is on the streets so it just continues a vicisous circle. Let's help these people rather than throwing them away like trash. I know it can be helped because I was an addict for a long time and was able to kick it with the right help and support network. And to you "grateful" what would shameing the families of these " low lifes " and " druggies " as you call them do because I am sure there are things that people in your own family if not your self have done to be shameful of so plz refrain from casting judgement on these people. And to you " lillie chaos " you are a perfect example of the circle in which I was referring to if they would get treatment we would not have to live in fear of their being released. And finally to you " hs sports fan " if you are not from here plz refrain from passing your judgement on us because if you don't live here then you don't know what its like to live our lives. Hey Cory we love and miss you brother keep your head up and I'll write u soon.

truthbetold77

Addiction is a choice. Hes a theif and a low life because he chose to be.. im sick and tired of people making excuses for using heroin.. no one forced him to shoot dope in his arm he wanted to. How many chances did he have to get off the stuff? How can you sit there and say junkies are victims to the drug? are you serious?? He chose to be a junkie!! Wake up!!

beentheredonethat

Who does not understand, it is WRONG to take things that are not yours. You are not allowed to steal from others, what is so hard to grasp. Do drugs, don't do drugs, just keep your hands off hard working, honest law abiding citizens who CHOOSE not to break the law, possessions. Do your time, get your like together, quit whining. My Dad use to say, God helps those that help themselves, try it, it just might work.

simply me

i love you cbs