A rural Willard man who was kicked out of a Christian-based substance abuse program for a nicotine violation but has a job will remain on probation.
Henry K. Stein, 27, of 1920 Greenbush Road, was sent to Teen Challenge in October. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said the defendant was discharged March 1 for using tobacco and later released from jail on bond.
The judge ordered Stein to pay $12,050 in restitution to A1 Auto Sales to cover the cost of painting and remodeling a damaged garage door. Conway also ruled the defendant's probation officer could impose a 14-day jail sentence at his discretion if Stein violates his three years of probation.
"He might come back and ask me to forgive it," the judge said.
Stein pleaded guilty in October to breaking and entering. He was convicted of using a crowbar to break into the local auto dealership and stealing a cash box June 6.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler has said the victim is a part-time police officer who wasn't pleased with Stein receiving intervention at Teen Challenge instead of being convicted, but he told the judge, "we're willing to take a chance." Conway, in early April, had told Stein if he got a job, he would allow him to work and called employment "a big part of recovery."