Arrest warrant issued for no-show heroin defendant

Local man skipped sentencing hearing.
Cary Ashby
Jan 18, 2014

A convicted drug defendant failed to show up for his sentencing hearing Thursday.

Michael J. Creston, 30, of 11905 Strecker Road, Bellevue, pleaded guilty in early December to possession of heroin. The fifth-degree felony is for a May 14, 2012 incident.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said the defendant didn't appear for his pre-sentence interview and officials had trouble contacting him.

"So it doesn't come as any surprise he didn't come to court," the judge added.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said he didn't know where Creston was, but his office had sent him a letter notifying him of the sentencing hearing.

At the request of the state, Conway issued a warrant for Creston's arrest Thursday. He earlier posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond.

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swiss family

is this standard procedure??? a felon pleads guilty, admitting their crime, and they are released until their sentencing??? Is it any wonder that he took off??? Isn't it clear to see that he knows he is going to be punished. and then released?? why wouldn't he run???Judge, why do you say that "it doesn't come as any surprise he didn't come to court??" Did you get the feeling that he wouldn't come to court, and then you released him??? We are going to have to rename our local Justice system to "Conway s clown court" except it isn't funny at all.....sorry Judge, either , do you job correctly , or resign

Sarrak

Swiss - this fellow posted his bond and once that happens it generally continues until the case is finalized. That is standard procedure nearly everywhere.

matt882

I believe that "it doesn't come as a surprise" refers to the fact that he didn't show for his presentencing hearing, so it would be expected that he would not show up for sentencing as well.

swiss family

sorry but I have never heard of someone who says they are guilty of committing a felony, why is allowed to go free until the sentencing???I always thought, that once it was determined that you were an admitted felon, that you would stay in jail until you find out your punishment, and from the courtroom to Prison???

Sarrak

Swiss - again this fellow posted his bond. Unless the prosecutor requests that the bond be revoked at the plea hearing (and he needs to have a reason), the bond continues until sentencing. Just go to plea hearings in Huron County or elsewhere and you can observe what I am talking about..

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mikeylikesit

looks like Harvey Levin on the skids..

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mikeylikesit

I think he's not guilty..

propman

Another one skipped their hearing in Conway's court?
WHAT A SURPRISE!
Anyone who does that should be sentenced to the maximum the law allows and as soon as caught should go straight to prison to serve the FULL punishment.
The truly scary thing here is Conway actually thinks he is doing a good job.
I'd say he is not.

swiss family

Propman... I hope that you didn't actually hear Judge Conway say that he thinks he is doing a good job...I can not believe that even he thinks he is doing a good job, when no one else seems to.... if he does, then obviously he has poor Judgement, and isn't his ability to Judge , his entire job????Please resign Conway, you are no longer just embarrassing yourself, you are making us all look bad... in my opinion

propman

No Swiss, I have not heard him say that.
I am looking at what he has done and keeps doing. If he didn't think he was doing things right then he wouldn't continue the way he has.