Shelby resident Joshua A. Conley admitted he was hooked on drugs when he stole a cash box from an elderly woman.
"It's not an excuse, but it's why I committed the crime," he told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
Conley, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft from the elderly. He then was sentenced to 11 months in prison, which will run at the same time he serves a term in the Richland Correctional Institution for two counts of trafficking in drugs through Ashland County.
The defendant started serving a total of three years in prison Nov. 15. Conley also is serving time for one count each of receiving stolen property and misuse of a credit card through Richland County.
After Conley stole the woman's cash box, which contained $45, he said he successfully completed a term in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
"I have been clean since I committed these crimes," Conley said.
The judge responded by saying he hopes he'll remain sober once he's released from prison.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the victim identified Conley through a photo line-up. The Plymouth Police Department investigated the July 27 theft.
Conley's 11-month prison term was a joint recommendation between Woodruff and Huron County Public Defender David Longo. The defendant must pay $45 in restitution to the victim.
Longo requested the judge not impose a fine since Conley will be in prison "for a good chunk of change."