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Thursday, March 21, 2013 2:30 PM

VAN WERT — An 18-year-old Mendon defendant was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison for second-degree felony burglary and fourth-degree felony attempted grand theft. Dallas Fortner will also have to pay $4,900 in restitution and court costs.

Although Fortner’s attorney stressed that these charges were the first felony convictions for his client, Van Wert County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles D. Steele noted that Fortner has “an extensive juvenile record.” Steele listed several convictions from Fortner’s juvenile record, including a robbery charge from Mercer County as well as drug charges and multiple probation violations.

“I am sorry for what I did,” Fortner said in court. “If you give me another chance I’ll prove to you and the courtroom that I can make better choices and have better friends.”

Fortner was given a two-year sentence on the burglary charge and 12 months for attempted grand theft with the sentences to be served concurrently. Credit was given for 92 days already served in custody.

Also sentenced on Wednesday was Tanya Turner, 32, Payne, who was placed on community control for one year for misdemeanor theft. Turner also must served 30 days in jail, perform 50 hours of community service, and pay $308 restitution as well as fees and court costs. A 180-day jail sentence and $1,000 fine were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

A Defiance man pleaded guilty to felony vandalism connected to damage caused when he tried to break into the Van Wert County Correctional Facility on Feb. 23. Tom Waxler, 36, faces up to a year in prison at his April 24 sentencing.

William Crutchfield, 40, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea of guilty to felonious assault, a felony of the second degree along with a specification that he used a 1995 Ford in the commission of the crime. A second felony charge of having weapons under disability was dismissed for his plea.

The charge stems from a Nov. 3 incident in which Crutchfield was accused of using a retracting knife to commit the assault on another individual.

Crutchfield was allowed to be released on bond in order to make arrangements to provide for his children. His sentencing is scheduled for May 8.

Desma Chesbro, 21, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to corrupting another with drugs, a felony of the fourth degree. The Oct. 3 incident involved a 17-year-old. Sentencing is set for May 8.


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