BUCYRUS — A Galion man narrowly escaped a new prison sentence during his appearance in Crawford County Common Pleas Court on Monday.
Upon the release of Matthew Burchett, 34, from prison, he faced a new charge from an incident that happened before his incarceration.
Burchett was sentenced to nine months in prison in January after violating the conditions of his community control that he was placed on in 2013 on a possession of drugs conviction. Burchett was charged with a new possession of drug charge and was sentenced to five years of community control and he must pay a $1,250 fine and his driver’s license was suspended for six months.
A Bucyrus man was not as lucky as Burchett and is heading to prison after admitting to violating the terms of his probation.
Anthony Burns, 20, admitted to operating a vehicle without a license, verbally abusing Crawford County Sheriff’s deputies, being out past his curfew and consuming alcohol Aug. 15. Burns also has an operating a vehicle under the influence charge, but chose not to admit to it since that case is still pending.
Judge Sean Leuthold sentenced Burns to nine months in prison for violating his probation that he was placed on in November of 2015 after pleading guilty to one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.
Joshua A. Smith, 26, Mansfield, was also sentenced to time in prison after he admitted to violating his probation.
Smith admits to changing his address without permission, failing to report for monthly visits with his probation officer and failing to complete substance abuse counseling.
Leuthold sentenced Smith to eight months in prison on his original charge of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.
Malcom B. Jackson, 20, Crestline, was sentenced to five years of community control on one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. He must also successfully complete an alcohol and drug treatment program and pay a $700.50 fine. He also has to forfeit $1,720 in cash to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecutor’s Office.