Convicted burglar sent to prison for violating probation

Cary Ashby • Sep 28, 2018 at 2:00 AM

A convicted burglar was sentenced to Wednesday to 18 months in prison for violating his probation.

Brian D. Lewis, 21, formerly of 5981 County Road 191, had been on probation since late August 2016 for his underlying conviction of burglary. Prosecutors dismissed one count of attempted theft of firearms during an earlier plea hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

When Lewis was placed on probation, Judge Jim Conway told him he would suspend an 18-month prison term. Lewis faced as much as three years for the burglary.

About 12:45 p.m. Feb. 10, 2016, the Bellevue Police Department received the report of a skinny male suspect kicking in the back door of a North Buckeye Street house. Soon after Lewis was arrested, Detective Marc Linder told the Reflector that police caught Lewis “as he was walking out of the back door” toward officers.

The victim, Lewis’ grandfather, wasn’t home at the time of the burglary. During a search of his residence after he returned, the found a missing .357 Magnum revolver on the stove just inside the kitchen door where Lewis had exited the home. 

Lewis had ammunition in his pocket when he was arrested, prosecutors said, and during a police interview, he admitted he loosened screws to the gun cabinet.

An officer took Lewis to The Bellevue Hospital emergency room to be cleared before transporting him to the Huron County Jail. Linder said earlier the burglar “was unsteady on his feet” and had taken a significant amount of over-the-counter medication. 

In other recent hearings:

• Zachary T. Boster, 21, formerly of 24 W. Main St., Greenwich, was sentenced Thursday to 17 months in prison for one count each of failure to comply with the order or signal of police officer and grand theft of motor vehicle. He also must pay $700 in restitution. 

• Thomas S. Handy, 25, most recently of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 198, was fined $500 Thursday for burglary and must pay $500 in restitution to the victim. During his three years of probation, he has a 90-day discretionary jail sentence hanging over his head; his probation officer can impose part or all of the time without a hearing. In late July, Handy pleaded guilty to burglary in exchange for the dismissal of disrupting public service. The Norwalk Police Department investigated the Feb. 24 burglary on Milan Avenue.

• Winston A. Sizemore, 28, most recently of 138 Maple St., Plymouth, was fined $250 Thursday for an assault on a police officer. During his three years of probation, he faces a 90-day discretionary jail sentence. In late July, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count each of domestic violence and criminal damaging, both second-degree misdemeanors, in exchange for Sizemore’s guilty plea to the fourth-degree felony. The Plymouth Police Department handled the May 23 incident, which resulted in the defendant being charged with resisting arrest and other charges later through Norwalk Municipal Court.

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