Area residents punished for felony crimes

Cary Ashby • Updated Feb 7, 2018 at 10:31 PM

A rural Willard man was sentenced to two years in prison for a controlled drug buy.

Emery R. Slone, 33, formerly of 4039 Weirs Road, was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months for three counts of trafficking in drugs. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered him to pay $100 in reimbursement to the Willard Police Department for the cost of drug testing.

In July 2016, Slone admitted to a three-count probation violation. The judge revoked his early release from prison — which had been granted nearly a year earlier — and ordered him to serve the rest of his 18-month sentence. Slone, when granted judicial release, agreed to participate in Teen Challenge, an intense, Christian-based program for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions. His underlying conviction was tampering with evidence.

In a separate case this week, Frank A. Burton, 56, most recently of 109 1/2 Motson St., Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony, in exchange for the dismissal of two charges of criminal child enticement, first-degree misdemeanors. Court records indicate the sex offense happened Oct. 9.

Burton remains in the Huron County Jail, awaiting his March 28 sentencing hearing. 

Police arrested Burton in late November in the 300 block of Pearl Street in Willard. A Nov. 2 police report indicates a Willard man calling to report “an incident that happened to his 12-year-old daughter a month ago.” Police arrested Burton on Nov. 28 after his sister called, asking officers to check on the well-being of their mother.

In other hearings:

• Patrick A. Belt, 24, whose address was unavailable, was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail for an undisclosed probation violation. The sentence will be followed by unsuccessful termination of community control. Belt’s underlying conviction was breaking and entering from 2013.

• Mark K. McKeehan, 61, whose address was unavailable, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of marijuana. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed two counts of trafficking in drugs and one charge of illegal cultivation of marijuana, all third-degree felonies. McKeehan, who is out on bond, will be sentenced March 28.

• Tabatha M. Moore, 29, formerly of 132 Whittlesey Ave., was sentenced Wednesday to four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) for trafficking in oxycodone in the vicinity of a juvenile. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. During her three years of probation, Moore must pay a $5,000 fine and $210 in reimbursement to the Norwalk Police Department for the cost of drug testing.

• Gary Munn III, 38, of Sandusky, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of cocaine. He earlier signed a personal recognizance (P.R.) bond, meaning he promised to appear for future hearings without paying any money. His sentencing date is March 21.

• Charles J. Prince, 47, of Huron, pleaded guilty Tuesday to having weapons under disability in exchange for dismissal of the firearm specification and the second, similar third-degree felony. He is out on a P.R. bond with the specification of an ankle monitor. His sentencing hearing is March 28.

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