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Man gets prison on retaliation charge

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Sep 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM

A former Sandusky man was sentenced to prison this week in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Giovanni Lee, 19, formerly of Sandusky, received an 18-month term for retaliation Wednesday.

In May, a Huron County grand jury indicted him on three counts of retaliation, all in connection with an April 8 incident. Lee pleaded guilty to one of the third-degree felonies Wednesday. The other two charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

According to his indictment, he was accused of threatening to harm “any person or property, retaliate against a public servant, a party official or an attorney or witness who was involved in a civil
 or criminal action or proceeding.” The victim declined to address the court Wednesday.

In a separate case, Joshua Kuras, 28, formerly of Clyde, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for failing to provide notice of his change of address. His indictment indicates he was convicted of attempted rape July 1, 2013, through Sandusky County Common Pleas Court. 

In other Huron County Common Pleas Court hearings:

• Matthew Alley, 43, whose address was unavailable, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one charge each of possessing criminal tools and aggravated possession of drugs. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of tampering with evidence.

Alley then was sentenced to 17 months in prison. Judge Jim Conway also ordered him to forfeit a cellphone, scales and $124, which according to Alley’s indictment, were seized during the July 20 incident. The defendant also must reimburse the Norwalk Police Department $420 for drug testing.

• Marquon Anderson, 29, whose address was unavailable, was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in prison for an undisclosed probation violation and had his community control revoked. His underlying conviction was theft.

• Gregory Barnett, 48, most recently of 28 Spring St., Willard, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. He will be sentenced Oct. 30.

• Anthony Cooper, 27, of New Washington, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months in prison for an undisclosed probation violation and had his community control revoked. His underlying conviction was tampering with evidence.

• Dakota Hall, 21, most recently of 429 E. Walton St., Willard, was sentenced Wednesday to spend a six-month term in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) for an undisclosed probation violation. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Hall will remain under community control for possession of a fentanyl-related compound.

• Joyce White, 50, most recently of 55 Vinewood Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault, a first-degree misdemeanor in exchange for the dismissal of a similar second-degree misdemeanor. She will be sentenced Oct. 24.

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