Break-in defendant gets probation, no more jail time

Man faces discretionary jail term if he doesn't follow rules of community control.
Cary Ashby
Oct 26, 2013


A local man faces a discretionary jail sentence for stealing scrap copper from a New Haven business.

New Haven resident Michael B. Amburgey, 28, must pay $1,000 in restitution and seek his GED as part of his three years of probation.

Amburgey already served 33 days in the Huron County Jail, but Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled he faces another 60 days of discretionary time. That means Amburgey's probation officer can impose the jail term at his or her discretion or can ask the judge to waive it if the defendant does well on community control.

"What I want you to do is (to) continue to seek work," Conway told him Thursday.

In mid-September, Amburgey pleaded guilty to breaking and entering. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of tampering with evidence.

Attorneys have called the June 19 incident a "scrapping case" and a serious crime.

"He was stealing copper. They were tearing down buildings. ... He broke into a building where the copper was being stored," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said in September.

"This appears to be Mr. Amburgey's first felony (conviction), so he's not prison eligible," Woodruff said Thursday.


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We wonder why crime is on the rise in Huron County, answer Conway, why would any criminal be afraid of facing him?

Señor Clown

"Hey, we sympathize that you are a convicted felon with no high school diploma, who has likely done nothing to better yourself in the decade you've been out of school, so all you have to do is promise that you'll go look for a job. Since Huron County is in such great need of felons lacking in education, skill, and ambition, you should have no trouble landing gainful employment, and as such we see no need to clog up our jails with your type."