Burglary defendant not seeing eye-to-eye with attorney

He may defend himself.
Cary Ashby
Dec 31, 2013

An accused burglar who isn't seeing eye-to-eye with his attorney is expected to file an affidavit of indigency, which will be reviewed by the Huron County Public Defender's Office.

Jeffrey L. Patton, 43, of 405 Park St., Willard, is charged with burglary in connection with being the suspected accomplice of Robert L. Hamman, 44, of Willard. Authorities have said the pair broke into a sleeping woman's Holiday Lakes residence March 11 with the purpose of robbing her and started rifling through a drawer containing jewelry. The woman, who woke up, chased the suspects away with a firearm.

Defense attorney Tom Nicholson is representing Patton, who was in Huron County Common Pleas Court for a hearing Monday.

"Tom Nicholson wanted to withdraw. What Nicholson said is there's a payment problem and an issue with defending the case," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.

Patton reportedly wrote a letter to Judge Jim Conway and mailed it Friday. However, Woodruff said "the judge hasn't gotten it."

While the contents of the letter are unknown, Patton told the judge earlier he wanted to hire a new attorney.

Conway, at Monday's hearing, said the court had received a letter from Nicholson which indicated Patton is unable to retain his own attorney. Patton said he might consider representing himself.

On Aug. 26, Patton posted a $60,000 bond and was released from the Huron County Jail.

Read full story in Tuesday's Norwalk Reflector.


Ben Crazy

Let the idiot hang himself! Im fine with that.

swiss family



Good observation swiss- he looks like the carny that operated the tilt-a-whirl at the county fair last year! Gotta defend yourself from those circus people! LOL


“He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”
-Abraham Lincoln


Haha! Go for it, dummy!


Dealing with this/him year, after year, after year, after year, after year,after year, after year, you realize this is all he has/is. People who want to change will. Most will not. He must enjoy what he does, not thinking of his family/children, or he would change.I feel for his family, because they are the ones who suffer the most, & the people of hcso who have to deal with this every day. + GMF tour coming soon....


Knowing this man since childhood and his numerous crime sprees, myself being a victim of one can honestly say this man deserves a very long lengthy sentence so people can rest at night!!! He's proven that he's a wart on the butt of our society that needs removed along with others!! I understand people deserve a chance to change but he's gone over his limit triple what should be allowed!! Jeff your endeavor of representing yourself is like trying to bail the titanic with a Dixie cup!!!