July 1, 2016

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Youth football coach back in court today for sentecing

MEDINA — A Medina man convicted of stealing as much as $100,000 from a youth football league he coached faces sentencing this morning.

Michael T. Butts

Michael T. Butts, 47, of 966 Guilford Blvd., pleaded guilty in September as part of a plea deal that reduced his charges to grand theft, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison.

Special Prosecutor Kevin Baxter agreed to drop charges of forgery and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, both of which were included with grand theft in a grand jury’s Jan. 25 indictment.

His sentencing, scheduled for 9 a.m. today, was delayed twice since November because the restitution was “complicated,” Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier said.

Collier said Dec. 10 that he had not yet decided whom Butts would pay, or how much each victim would receive.

Baxter, who is an Erie County prosecutor, was brought in to handle the case because Butts was well-known to local officials.

Butts was a coach and director of Medina Bees Youth Football, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002. The league folded in May 2011 after a parent alerted police that funds were missing.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.