An area man who helped steal an all-terrain vehicle from a Norwalk automobile dealership faces a discretionary 90-day sentence in the Huron County Jail.
Brett M. Smith, 23, of Clyde, was sentenced Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court for an amended count of theft. He was fined $1,000 as part of his three years of probation. Smith's probation officer can impose the jail term at any time or ask to have it waived if the defendant does well on community control.
"I don't want to interfere with your employment," Judge Jim Conway told Smith, who has a full-time, year-round construction job.
On May 3, Smith gave his accomplice, former rural Monroeville resident Shane E. Danielson, 25, a ride to the dealership on his brother's ATV with a can of gasoline. After they dumped the gas into the ATV, Danielson drove away on the four-wheeler, authorities said. Smith was using the ATV without his brother's permission.
Danielson, now of Sheffield, will be sentenced Oct. 31 for one count of theft.
"The vehicle was recovered (without any damage). There is no restitution request," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said Wednesday.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Smith has referred to the theft as "the worst decision he could have made." Longo also told the judge he doesn't believe his client was the primary offender.
Smith, who will be a father soon, told the court he wants to "stay on the path."
"I'm truly sorry for what I've done," he said.
If Smith violates the terms of his probation beyond the 90 days in jail, he faces one year in prison.