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Man sentenced to prison for stealing vehicle, weapons violation

• Jun 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM

An area man was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for committing four local felonies, including stealing a vehicle.

Bryton T. Holden, 21, of Lima, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of grand theft of motor vehicle and having weapons under disability plus two charges of trafficking in drugs. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and two charges of possession of drugs.

In addition to his 54-month prison sentence, Holden must pay a reimbursement of $341, forfeit the undisclosed weapon and pay $10,000 in fines.

The Willard Police Department transported him to the Huron County Jail on Feb. 25 — the day of the offenses — and he remained in custody while the case was pending. 

In other hearings this week in Huron County Common Pleas Court:

• Michael Harpel, 32, most recently of 819 E. Main St., Bellevue, was sentenced Thursday to a 90-day discretionary jail sentence for receiving stolen property. That means his probation officer has the option of when to have Harpel serve part or all of the time without a hearing during his three years of probation. Also, Harpel must pay about $2,679 in restitution and a $250 fine.

• Charles E. Houghtland, 23, most recently of 13 Grand Ave., was sentenced Tuesday to complete a four- to six-month term in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) for an undisclosed probation violation. Afterward, he will remain under community control. The Norwalk Police Department transported him to the jail May 23. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

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