A prosecutor says a local mother of a young child fears two burglary accomplices will return to her residence.
Sebastian L. Love, 18, of 5350 Ohio 60, Wakeman, was sentenced Wednesday to 120-day jail term. Credited with serving 29 days in the Huron County Jail, Love's probation officer can impose the remaining 91 days at his or her discretion without filing a probation violation complaint. He also was fined $500 and ordered to pay $50 in restitution to the female victim as part of his three years of probation.
Love and his accomplice, Matthew T. McEowen, 20, of Castalia, are prohibited from having any association with each other, the victim and her apartment mate. The defendants also can't be on the grounds of the Grand Avenue apartment complex.
In June, the pair pleaded guilty to amended charges of burglary for an April 4 incident.
"He (Love) was under the influence at the time of the incident," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said Wednesday.
Love underwent a random drug screen before the hearing, but tested clean.
McEowen and Love planned to take a TV from the victim's residence. Prosecutors said Love drove to the woman's apartment and when they realized she was still awake, they waited for two hours until she fell asleep and then broke into the rear of the building.
"They laid in wait until the light indicated she was upstairs," assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said last week during McEowen's sentencing hearing.
Shenker, at Love's sentencing hearing, said the victim "is still terrified."
Defense attorney Jack Bradley said Love "confessed to what they had done" and also admitted to committing several vehicle break-ins. He also said McEowen initially told police he dumped the TV in a pond, but later admitted he sold it at a pawn shop for $80.
As part of McEowen's plea deal in mid-June, prosecutors dismissed one count of tampering with evidence. He was released from custody last week and the judge credited him with serving a 120-day jail term.
Love, who has found employment in about the last three weeks, is now on probation through Norwalk Municipal Court for the vehicle-related misdemeanor thefts. However, he wasn't on probation at the time of the burglary.
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway warned both defendants they could face four to six months in a community-based corrections facility or a prison term if they test positive for drugs during their probation. Bradley, Love's attorney, said his client is living with his grandmother, whom Bradley said is confident would call her grandson's probation officer "if he gets out of line."
"I wouldn't want to mess with her," the attorney told the judge.
If Love violates the terms of his probation, he faces 18 months in prison.