A Willard man who attempted to steal a TV was sentenced Wednesday to 17 months in prison.
In early November, Jesse H. Moore, 26, of 415 W. Tiffin St., pleaded guilty to an amended charge of burglary. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of possession of criminal tools.
The Willard victim didn't pursue any restitution. The Willard Police Department investigated the July 19 burglary and recovered the undamaged TV, which was left at the scene.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said the victim believed Moore should do a jail or prison term. The defendant was in the Huron County Jail for three days before posting a $15,000 bond.
"He has a significant drug abuse history," said Kasper, who also told the judge Moore has committed "a significant amount of property crimes" over the years.
Moore's juvenile criminal history dates back to 1999 when he would have been about 12 years old.
"Even at that time, he had multiple probation violations," Kasper said.
Also as a juvenile, Moore was charged with gross sexual imposition.
Moore was charged with four felonies in 2009. His record includes multiple prison sentences.
During Wednesday's hearing, Moore admitted he has a lengthy criminal history. He said when he went to a community-based corrections facility, he was too "hard-headed" for the program to be effective. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
"I thought I had it under control. Obviously I didn't because I'm here in front of you," Moore told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
"I do have a drug problem; I realize that. I need to change," the defendant added. "I won't make you regret your decision."
Conway authorized Moore to be on the prison's risk reduction program. That means the defendant could have 20 percent of his 17-month term shaved off if he successfully completes an in-house substance abuse treatment program. Conway said he was doing it because it was obvious Moore sounded like he wants to take treatment seriously this time.
"I think that's your best opportunity for early release," the judge added.
Currently, Moore is serving a 15-day jail sentence for a non-compliance-related conviction for driving with a suspended license. The Norwalk Municipal Court conviction is for a Nov. 7 traffic stop by Willard police, according to jail and court records.