Carlos Contreras, 33, of Norwalk, pleaded guilty in Huron County Common Pleas Court during his pretrial Monday to a charge of theft of a credit card.
Within days of Contreras' release from probationary sanctions on a prior case, he asked a family member to borrow $5, according to Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler.
The family member gave Contreras a check cashing card from Walmart and Contreras used it to steal $445. While Contreras initially denied the allegations, shortly after he began cooperating with investigators and showed remorse for his actions, Leffler said.
During the hearing, Contreras apologized for his actions.
"I know when I did it I was thinking I shouldn't do it," he told the court.
He was ordered to pay the money back as part of restitution orders to Walmart. As part of the plea deal, Contreras was sentenced to 10 months in prison, where he is eligible to receive treatment through various programs, Conway said.
Upon his release, Contreras will be placed on probationary sanctions.