A teenager recently convicted of attempted murder was arrested Monday on a suspected Twitter-related probation violation.
Tyler G. Smith, 19, of 233 Hamilton St., Bellevue, was arrested at his home about noon and transported to the Huron County Jail. According to police reports, the Huron County Sheriff's Sgt. Tod Wagner requested assistance from the Bellevue Police Department with arresting the suspect at 11:50 a.m.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler briefly addressed the probation violation with the Reflector on Tuesday.
Leffler said one of the conditions of Smith's bond was he wasn't supposed to be using the Internet and he reportedly contacted someone with whom he wasn't supposed to have any communication or association.
"There was some tweeting going on," said Leffler, who declined to identify the other person.
Smith's probation violation hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court is scheduled for today. During the hearing, Smith has the right to stipulate there is a probable cause, his attorneys will address bond and the court will schedule a second hearing.
The defendant had been out on a personal recognizance bond -- pending his Nov. 13 sentencing hearing -- since Thursday. Judge Jim Conway had ordered Smith to wear an ankle monitor as part of electronically-monitored house arrest. Smith earlier had been unable to post a $500,000 bond.
Smith pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted murder. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count each of conspiracy and tampering with evidence plus two charges of felonious assault.
His conviction is for the April 21 crowbar attack of a 19-year-old Dayton-area resident that left him clinging to life after Smith smashed his skull.
"We'll be asking probably for an 11-year prison sentence. (It was a) horrible crime," Leffler said after Smith's guilty plea.
The male victim first was transported to Willard Mercy Hospital. He then was taken to the neuro-intensive care unit of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where he was in critical condition for a period of time. He was later released to a Dayton-area rehabilitation facility, but has been released.
The victim has had multiple brain surgeries. Willard Mercy officials gave him an 80-percent chance of dying.
Smith's co-defendants are Bellevue residents Connor C.D. Holbrook, 19, of 840 Kilbourne St., and Brianna M. Boonie, 19, of 154 Hamilton St., Apt. 212. Holbrook's trial date is Nov. 19 while Boonie's is Dec. 10.
Holbrook is charged with conspiracy, attempted murder and obstructing justice as well as two charges of felonious assault. He has posted 10 percent of a $100,000 bond.
Bonnie is charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder or murder and obstructing justice. She posted a $75,000 bond May 23 -- about four days after being arrested in court on the warrant.