A former Norwalk man was sentenced to 10 months in prison Monday for violating his probation on a break-in conviction.
Gregory L. Boetticher, 36, will be credited with already serving about four months behind bars.
The defendant admitted Monday to testing positive for using THC and Suboxone during a July 5 drug screen. Boetticher also changed his address without permission July 17 and didn't appear at four office visits between December 2011 and July 12 of this year.
In mid-July 2011, Boetticher was put on three years of intensive probation for a breaking-and-entering conviction. He was ordered to pay a total of $1,766 in restitution to the business and a 67-year-old male victim and fined $250.
Boetticher helped two male accomplices steal grapples, hydraulic cylinders and chain saws from a U.S. 20 recycling business. His two co-defendants have been convicted and sentenced to jail or prison terms.
On Aug. 5, the court issued an arrest warrant for Boetticher when he didn't appear for a probation violation hearing. Probation officer Andrea Cooke, at Monday's hearing, said when the defendant was arrested, he tested positive for multiple drugs.
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told Boetticher he will give "fair consideration" for transitional control if prison officials determine he's a good candidate. Huron County Public Defender David Longo said the defendant is destitute and a halfway house-type program would be in his best interest since it would help Boetticher find a job and somewhere to live.