Burglary defendant sent to slammer

Defendant admits to 'dragging out' cases
Cary Ashby
May 8, 2014

 

Defendant Jeffrey L. Patton bristled at the thought of being convicted of two separate crimes Monday.

"I don't want to admit guilt, but I'm doing it because it's in my best interest," he said.

Patton said he's "supposed to be some kind of tough guy," but he feared the day he would be sentenced or facing a jury. His Huron County Common Pleas Court trial was scheduled to start today.

"I've been scared to death of this day right here," Patton said Monday.

After the judge and his attorney talked to the 43-year-old Willard man at length, he pleaded guilty to unrelated charges of burglary and tampering with evidence. Judge Jim Conway followed a joint recommendation and sentenced Patton to four years in prison. He will be on three years of parole.

The March 11, 2013 burglary happened at a woman's Holiday Lakes residence outside of Willard when the woman was sleeping. The tampering conviction is for a Nov. 6 traffic stop when Patton was the backseat passenger in his sister's vehicle.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said Patton and his co-defendant, Robert L. Hamman, 45, of Willard, trespassed on the burglary victim's property and she woke up to find the men "next to her bed" rifling through a drawer containing jewelry.

"She yelled at them and they fled," Woodruff added.

Patton initially denied being involved in either crime.

"I never burglarized a home in my life," he said.

The defendant, in a long, meandering off-the-cuff statement to the court, said Hamman wasn't the best person to hang out with after he had been released from prison. However, Patton said he got sentimental about hanging out with a childhood friend -- "and I use that term loosely" -- who had been eager to see him while he was behind bars.

"I can't get the stink of prison off me," said Patton, who added he can't find a decent job, isn't allowed to go to various places and can't date a nice woman once he's out of prison.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo, after speaking to Patton, during a lengthy recess Monday, said he doesn't believe his client was the primary offender.

"He maintains this (burglary) wasn't his idea. He wasn't the main offender," the public defender said. "It was a scared off-and-ran situation."

After the burglary, Patton and Hamman fled to Macomb County, Mich., which is north of Detroit. Authorities had a hotel surrounded -- with two local detectives and 17 Macomb County sheriff's deputies -- but the pair fled through an emergency exit before the perimeter was secure. Two Huron County sheriff's detectives arrested the defendants March 14, 2013 with the help of Macomb County officers.

In September, Patton's accomplice was sentenced to five years in prison for the Willard-area burglary.

Patton seemed offended at the prosecutor's assertion he hid a syringe between the cushions in the back seat of his sister's vehicle. Woodruff had said a DNA test determined the defendant's DNA was on the drug paraphernalia.

"I don't tamper with evidence," said Patton, calling it a "strong-arm tactic" to get him off the street.

The defendant posted a $60,000 bond Aug. 26 and was released from the Huron County Jail. On Nov. 12, Conway revoked Patton's bail.

Patton said he knows he "dragged out" both cases, but admitted he did so because his attorneys told him he had a chance to win. The public defender was assigned to represent Patton after he wouldn't cooperate with defense attorney Tom Nicholson.

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ferball14

Are those supposed to be ears??

nikki6279

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somescrewyname

Why when people have nothing to say about the topic, they pick on how the person looks? If the guy looked like Elvis in his youth, or John Wayne in his youth, would it make him less of a thief and a liar? ......"I can't get the stink of prison off me," said Patton, who added he can't find a decent job, isn't allowed to go to various places and can't date a nice woman once he's out of prison.My suggestion is do your time, stop feeling sorry for yourself, own what you done, and then decided how bad you want a good life, and are you willing to work for it? Cuz it's not going to be easy but depending on how bad you want it, it is obtainable.

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I agree with somescrewyname. Quit feeling sorry for yourself, do your time and start over. Like the advise someone gave me once....You control your future by the decisions you make....

rickross2

I love when trash gets on here and tells us how great their trash relatives are. I don't care who's house he broke in to...he's a good guy! Lmfao

believe it

Yup, we've seen this happen so many times on here. He's a loser and the relatives just can't accept that. I bet they wouldn't like it too well if someone broke into their house and tried to steal from them?

Dr. Information

This guy has been in the paper since he was much younger and its never been for anything good. Hope he is locked up for a long long time.

"He can't get the stink of prison off of him". Well maybe breaking into people's houses isn't your plus side. The life of crime hasn't panned out and never will so IF you get another chance, try being a productive citizen for once instead of a criminal.

SoldOnAcorns

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rippedhippy1

Apparently, not very far!

TrollingMotors

"I never burglarized a home in my life," he said.

Next paragraph: "He maintains this (burglary) wasn't his idea. He wasn't the main offender," the public defender said. "It was a scared off-and-ran situation."

Im not a super detective but I smell BS!

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rickross2

I'm sure you're a pillar of the community.

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rickross2

I will. I hope your Foodstamps run out. This community you say can go fck itself will keep working so you don't have to.

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LOL i do work, i've been working since i turned 16, never been fired or unemployed a day in my life since. So im still waiting for you to make even a some-what intelligent comment.

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This community doesn't do a damn thing for me, that i assure you! Lol thanks though.

rickross2

Someone get cold feet? Or did someone get a talking to by a family member? A lot of comments removed!

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its just old at this point. you know what i said.

MR.PERFECT

Now he can get back to his shower hustle down in Marion, what a loser, he ain't never had a good woman or job bcuz good women and jobs don't wait while you're in and out of prison you idiot. He's a waste of breathe, must run in the fam, sister Crystal humps old men to pay her bills and I believe she's in jail as we speak, this Sunday must be a real rough day for there mom's

rickross2

Lmfao...Bravo Sir

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rickross2

It's funny no matter how true it is. I assume it's at least 50% correct! he's a waste of breath that can't get a good WOMAN. Not sure of his sisters humping habits, but it made me laugh my a$$ off!

MR.PERFECT

I know EXACTLY what I'm talking about, I know Jeff, Crystal, Nikki, Carolynn the whole white trash bunch.f.y.I I didn't put it as they have different moms I accidentally put the s on the end. Either way the while family should be sat out by the curb.and picked up.by b.f.I along with you Ashley, go ahead say Jeff don't smoke the pole in prison, say carolynn doesn't get hammered then preach the bible, say nikki don't go to church on Sunday then lay the first guy who looks at her fat a$$, say Crystal isn't a prostitute and say you ain't fat, go ahead say it, doesn't mean it's not all true! Btw anyone see that trashy wh0Re with her lame husband on Maury recently? Lmfao

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Lol still failing to see anybody put THEIR own real name out there, while taking turns bashing everybody else, you keep your real name protected by hiding behind a screen name., taking no responsibility for the trash you are talking. This has grown old, same sh-t over and over, thing is, this isn't about his mother, or his sisters what so ever this is about him, i never said what he did was right- im not applauding his wrong-doings and mistakes, but that is still my dad. instead of dogging someone for their wrong doings how about take that moment and pray for them. and for you to get on here and talk about anybody the way you guys do is just sad. Is this really what people have come to. and the fact you'd sit and talk to his daughter like this is disgusting and proves what kind of people you are

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and to describe me as fat, you're pretty on point lol considering the fact i'm seven months pregnant haha thank you :) Sooo very much lol

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