Burglar/heroin dealer gets 4-year prison term

Cary Ashby • Jun 2, 2019 at 10:00 PM

A convicted drug dealer and burglar has received a 48-month prison term.

Former Willard resident Jeremy D. Robinson, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of trafficking in heroin in a school zone, burglary and possession of fentanyl. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed one charge each of possessing drug abuse instruments, complicity in the commission of a theft offense and possession of drugs.

The fentanyl incident was Oct. 30 while the heroin-related controlled drug buy happened Jan. 14. Court records further indicate the Dec. 20 burglary involved the theft of electric guitars.

After the guilty plea Tuesday, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentenced Robinson to 36 months in prison plus 12 months for a post-release control violation.

In June 2016, the defendant received a two-year prison term for robbery. Prosecutors, who dismissed a charge of tampering with evidence, said Robinson took off the bandanna he wore during the Dec. 17, 2015 robbery and attempted to hide it in a Willard police cruiser. He and a male accomplice were convicted of entering a home in the middle of the night, with the co-defendant pulling out what appeared to be a handgun and demanding money from the victims.

After the pair left, the victims called 9-1-1. When police arrived, officers saw the men running and identified Robinson from the description they had.

In other hearings:

• Ammerson C. Bates Jr., 24, formerly of Norwalk, returned to court Wednesday for a further sentencing hearing on domestic violence. He was ordered to complete the Volunteers of America program in Mansfield. The defendant earlier was denied acceptance at a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) as originally sentenced. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

• Chad M. Burdue, 37, most recently of 9001 N. Ohio 61, Berlin Heights, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in the Huron County Jail for an unspecified probation violation and unsuccessfully terminated from community control. His underlying conviction was attempted possession of methamphetamine.

• Stephen M. Kennedy, 33, most recently of 78 First St., New London, was sentenced Wednesday to serve four to six months in a CBCF for an unspecified probation violation. His underlying conviction was one count each of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and receiving stolen property.

• Samantha J. Reed, 26, most recently of 15 Fruen St., pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated possession of meth in exchange for the dismissal of possessing drug abuse instruments. She will be sentenced July 18.

• Carl D. Walsh, 46, most recently of 581 S. U.S. 250, pleaded guilty Tuesday to domestic violence. His sentencing hearing is July 17.

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