Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway planned to wait until Monday to issue a failure-to-appear warrant for a defendant who reportedly is in a mental hospital.
Daniel G. Hurst, 45, of Mansfield, pleaded guilty Oct. 22 to identity theft, but has yet to be sentenced.
Conway, during Thursday's scheduled sentencing hearing, said the court had information indicating Hurst was "hospitalized" and was out of the state. He also said the person who posted Hurst's bond sent a fax saying that was the case, but there weren't many other details.
"That's the information we have -- that he is in a mental institution," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said after the hearing.
Conway allowed Huron County Public Defender David Longo to gather more information about Hurst's whereabouts before he possibly issued a warrant for the defendant's arrest.
This isn't the first time Hurst has skipped a court date.
On Aug. 6, 2012, Hurst had a final pretrial hearing scheduled on the same case, but he wasn't in court so Conway issued a warrant for his arrest.
Longo, at the time, said he'd been told Barnett was served his indictment the previous week -- when he didn't appear for his originally scheduled arraignment. The public defender said his office sent Barnett a letter saying he needed to appear or the court would issue a failure-to-appear warrant.
"I don't know if he received it or not, but we sent it," Longo said.
Hurst didn't make an appointment with Longo two weeks earlier and didn't call the public defender's office.
At the same August 2012 hearing, assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said another prosecutor informed him that Hurst was indicted on an undisclosed Summit County charge, so Woodruff said it's possible he Hurst was in jail.
Hurst is convicted of using his ex-roommate's name during three traffic stops, all of which happened within a couple of weeks of each other. Police have said Hurst reportedly used the name of Toledo resident George Kalil during traffic stops by the Monroeville, Mansfield and Ottawa Hills police departments.
On April 21, 2012, Hurst reportedly had a seizure at the Monroeville police station following a traffic stop on U.S. 20 on the eastern end of the village limits.
An ambulance transported him to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Authorities have said Hurst used Kalil's name with North Central EMS and medical providers and having Kalil billed for more than $500.