Since Robert L. Hamman pleaded guilty Friday to burglary, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he hopes the state can "make him testify against his buddy."
Leffler was referring to Hamman's alleged accomplice, Jeffrey L. Patton, 42, of 405 Park St., Willard.
In the suspected burglary, Hamman, 44, of 3335 Austin Drive, Willard, and Patton are accused of breaking into a sleeping woman's residence on March 11 with the purpose of robbing her and started rifling through a drawer with jewelry in it, Leffler said during Hamman's arraignment in mid-April.
"They woke her up. They fled. She chased them down with a firearm," Leffler said, but the victim didn't fire the weapon.
The pair fled to Macomb County, Mich. Authorities said they had a hotel surrounded, but the pair were able to leave through an emergency exit. The Huron County Sheriff's Office arrested the suspects March 14 with the help of Macomb County officers.
Hamman faced eight years in prison if he went to trial, Leffler said Friday.
Following Friday's guilty plea in Huron County Common Pleas Court, a five-year prison term was a joint recommendation between Leffler and Hamman's defense attorney.
"He's somebody with a career record," Leffler said about Hamman, adding he still faces charges in Michigan.
Hamman has served 14 years in prison for previous burglaries, the prosecutor said.
Patton's jury trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.