Man sent to prison for break-in

Defendant: "I hope to find a better way to live my life."
Cary Ashby
May 4, 2014

A Willard man who has served six prison terms during his lifetime was sent back to the slammer Wednesday.

Michael B. Czupik, 46, of 611 Wessor Ave., Apt. 9, was sentenced to 11 months in prison, one month short of the maximum. His conviction was for a July 24 break-in when he was caught on the victims' surveillance footage scoping out the place for a ladder-related case in which Czupik wasn't involved.

"He happened to be there," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said earlier. "He had some bad luck."

In late February, prosecutors dismissed a second charge of breaking and entering as part of a plea deal.

"I was just trying to make money. I shouldn't have been there," Czupik told the court Wednesday.

The defendant is on a detoxification program for his drug addiction.

"I hope to find a better way to live my life," said Czupik, who has ended up in "trouble over and over again." "You get to a point where you can't do this anymore."

Defense attorney Adam Stone said his client's extensive criminal record includes an ongoing theme of drug addiction and Czupik hopes to get treatment for his addiction.

The defendant's record includes six prison terms, some of which were served together. As a juvenile, Czupik was sentenced to the Department of Youth Services, a type of prison for juvenile defendants.

"It's tough for me to find you have genuine remorse," said Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway, referring to Czupik's trend of committing crimes.

The judge authorized Czupik to be on the prison risk-reduction program. That means he can be released after serving 80 percent of his sentence if he successfully completes a substance abuse program.