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Norwalk man sent to prison after burglary at church rectory

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jul 22, 2019 at 1:00 PM

A homeless man charged with burglarizing a Norwalk rectory in April will spend nearly five years in prison.

Ryan J. Justice, 39, was sentenced Thursday in Huron County Common Pleas Court to four years and 11 months in prison.

Immediately before his sentencing, Justice pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one count of forgery after prosecutors agreed to drop three counts of theft, two counts of petty theft and one count each of tampering with evidence and breaking and entering. He also was ordered to pay $5,660 in restitution.

The Norwalk Police Department received the report of a burglary at the rectory for St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church on West League Street at 7:07 a.m. April 11. Detective Sgt. Seth Fry has said an employee reported for work and realized the pastor’s residence “had been entered and someone had strewn some things around” and some items had been stolen. The employee backed out of the home, secured it and called police.

“He (the pastor) was sleeping at the time,” said Fry, who noted the man wasn’t aware of the crime. “No one was injured.”

Officer Jared Ferris was the first person to respond. He requested Fry, who called the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to help process the scene and collect unspecified evidence.

Justice was arrested April 12 in Norwalk.

“We recovered most of the items,” Fry said.

A Huron County grand jury indicted Justice in May. According to his indictment, Justice is accused of stealing a laptop and a $600 check, which he then allegedly used to forge the signature of the intended recipient.

 

Three other prison terms

Meanwhile, a man convicted of four felonies in the Norwalk court will spend nearly five years in prison.

Victor Kimble, 35, of Chicago, pleaded guilty Tuesday to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and two charges of forgery. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed an additional count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and 12 charges of forgery.

Judge Jim Conway then sentenced Kimble to four years and 11 months in prison.

In a separate case, Jimmy Watts, 26, most recently of 520 Milan Ave., Lot 174, also received a prison sentence of four years and 11 months Thursday. Prior to the sentence, he pleaded guilty to complicity in the commission of an offense (grand theft of a motor vehicle), attempted engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and aggravated trafficking in drugs after prosecutors agreed to dismiss three counts of complicity in the commission of an offense and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

And in another case involving a prison term, Travis S. Jones, 28, most recently of 22 Jefferson St., received a four-year sentence Thursday. In May, he pleaded guilty to felonious assault and domestic violence after prosecutors agreed to drop two charges each of domestic violence and disrupting public services plus one count of tampering with evidence.

In other hearings:

• John W. Youngless III, 38, of Youngstown, pleaded guilty July 15 to two counts of trafficking in drugs. He was ordered to complete the Teen Challenge Emerging Leaders program during his three years of probation and reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $130 for drug testing. Youngless will remain in the Huron County Jail until he is transported to a Teen Challenge facility.

• Trenton J. Franks, 26, of Sylva, N.C., pleaded guilty July 15 to improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed two similar fourth-degree felonies. Franks will be sentenced Aug. 28.

• Zachary P. Hutson, 28, most recently of 308 Washington St., Willard, pleaded guilty July 15 to two counts of trafficking in heroin. He will be sentenced Aug. 29.

• Logan A. Ogle, 23, most recently of 125 Williams St., pleaded guilty Tuesday to carrying a concealed weapon. On Thursday, he was sentenced to three years community control, which included 90 days in Huron County Jail to be served at times established by the probation department, a $250 fine and the forfeiture of a weapon. Ogle also was wanted for a forgery case in Alabama, but authorities in that state told Huron County officials they no longer wished to extradite him there.

• David L. Fligor, 32, most recently of 19 Sycamore Drive, Apt. F, pleaded guilty Tuesday to trafficking in heroin. As part of his three years of probation, he must spend six months in LECC and reimburse police $80 for drug testing. 

• Everett J.L. Lawson, 39, whose address was unavailable, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of heroin. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of trafficking in methamphetamine. Lawson was sentenced to six months in prison. The judge ordered to him to forfeit $913 to the state and reimburse police $160 for drug testing.

• Frank Short Jr., 41, was sentenced to a 180 days in a halfway house Wednesday after being found guilty of a probation violation. In December, he was put on three years of probation after being convicted of aggravated possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse.

• Anthony J. Warner, 43, of 20 Mill St., pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted tampering with evidence. He will be sentenced Aug. 29.

 • Cody F. Munsey, 21, of 311 W. Maple St., Willard, was sentenced Thursday to three years of community control, which includes 90 days in Huron County Jail and an additional 90 days in jail to be served at times established by the probation department. He also was ordered to successfully complete a sex offender program, pay $500 in fines and register as a TIER II sex offender for the next 25 years. Munsey was convicted of pandering obscenity involving a minor and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

• Wayne William Enderby, 25, of 543 Spangler St., Willard, was sentenced Thursday to three years community control, which includes 56 days in Huron County Jail and an additional 90 days in jail to be served at times established by the probation department. He also was fined $500 and received a one-year driver’s license suspension. Enderby was convicted of possession of cocaine and driving a vehicle while impaired.

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