A former Norwalk man who was serving 3 1/2 years in prison for several local felonies has been released early.
Zachary R. Chaffee, 27, had been at the Belmont Correctional Institution since Jan. 18, 2011. Prison records indicate he wasn't scheduled to be released from prison until May 26, 2014 for one count each of theft, burglary and trafficking in oxycodone.
At Monday's hearing in Huron County Common Court, Judge Jim Conway granted Chaffee early release. The judge ordered the defendant be held at the Huron County Jail until he is transferred to a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
Chaffee and his wife, Kayla, 25, were sentenced to prison in mid-December 2010 for a number of criminal activities during the previous several months. Kayla Chaffee received 17 months in prison for safecracking.
On June 20, 2010, the husband and wife burglarized a partygoer's residence and stole a safe. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler earlier said the Chaffees were at a party and decided to break into a woman's home while she was at the same party.
The pair took various credit cards from the safe, which they used at the Toys-R-Us in Perkins Township. While using one of the victim's credit cards, Kayla Chaffee signed up for a shopping points program and used her own name on the application, Leffler said.
Now, Zachary Chaffee will be on three years of probation. He must pay about $984 in restitution to Hy-Miler.
If Chaffee violates the terms of his community control, he faces the remainder of his prison term.