Burglar released early from prison

Local man sent to CBCF.
Cary Ashby
Jun 3, 2014

A local burglar was released early from prison Monday.

Former Willard resident Joshua L. Cerritos, 20, obtained his GED while serving about 16 months in prison for a burglary conviction. He was placed on three years of parole Monday and ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"There is a bed available June 3," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said.

Cerritos, who has been screened for the CBCF, will be held in the Huron County Jail until he is transferred.

"The court believes judicial release would be appropriate in this case," Conway said without elaborating.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff, who represented the state Monday, had no objections to Cerritos being released early from prison.

In early June 2013, Cerritos was sentenced to three years in prison. About two months earlier, he pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in exchange for the dismissal of two other burglary charges.

His accomplice, Kyle E. Zarcone, 20, also formerly of Willard, is serving four years and 11 months in prison for two separate crimes. About a week after Cerritos was sent to the slammer, Zarcone was given a four-year prison term for a Feb. 4, 2013 burglary and 11 months for obstruction of justice, which was for a Dec. 19, 2012 incident.

The Willard burglary happened about 7:30 a.m. when a woman who was eight months pregnant was home with her 9-year-old daughter.

The mother, who heard Zarcone and Cerritos leave, noticed her TV was missing from her living room. She also saw footprints in the snow heading away from an open window.

"(Zarcone) believed nobody was home ... so he went ahead and went in," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said last year. "All Mr. Cerritos did was stand outside and secure the television set. They abandoned it during the pursuit by the police."

The Willard Police Department used the pair's footprints to find them lying down in the enclosed porch of a vacant residence about 3 1/2 blocks southwest of the victim's home. Officers earlier found the TV in a nearby alley.

Comments

mcgoff01

Release em early for the next person you don't send.

Why not release the bed person early too??

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beernsmokes2

Perhaps they need to find a new skillset since they are not very good burglars. Maybe stealing cars...

Whiskey Tango F...

A chain gang, I mean career training peer group, teaches such great life skills as (but not limited to) :
1.Road side enhancement!
2. Manual snow removal
3. Street sanitation
4. Leaf removal
5. Asphalt preservation specialist
6. Irrigation waterway excavation
And many, many more life skills await you!

JakeMac25

Joshua L. Cerritos got his GED while serving. That is a great accomplishment and does show that he's attempting to better himself. Stuff like that needs support. He could have done what most do in jail and try to learn how to become a better criminal or drug dealer. I hope he stays on the right path and continues to better himself. Hopefully one day he can get a good paying job and reap the rewards of hard work.

cjstudent212

I definitely agree with you! Hopefully he decides to keep bettering himself and possibly further his education! Glad he is still being punished for making a bad decision, but he should be noted of his accomplishment!

nikki6279

How wonderful that our country afforded him the ability to get the equivalent of a high school diploma while housing and feeding him for robbing our citizens.

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beernsmokes2

Finally, someone that gets it..

cjstudent212

Yes because people don't change for the better.. Ever. We should only point out everyone's bad choices and not acknowledge their good. Not saying what he did was right or that he didn't deserve his punishment or more.. But at least he used his time wisely.