April 17, 2014

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Prison time piles up for convicted burglar, thief

MEDINA — A 42-year-old Ashland man in prison for theft will spend almost 2½ more years there for stealing a purse from a Wadsworth home in May.

Chad A. Colburn was convicted in October after pleading guilty to burglary, a third-degree felony.

Chad Colburn

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler sentenced Colburn on Thursday to three years behind bars, the maximum sentence possible.

Colburn was set for release from Grafton’s Lorain Correctional Institution in March on his theft charge, which stemmed from Richland County. He was placed in prison Oct. 24.

County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi recommended the judge make Colburn’s new prison sentence be consecutive to the current one. Razavi said that would be appropriate because of Colburn’s lengthy criminal history. Colburn was selling coupons door to door for a local pizza shop, Razavi said, and on May 17 saw nobody was home at a Richman Road house.

“Mr. Colburn knocked on the door, realized no one was home, and went around back and broke in,” Razavi said.

He said Colburn stole a purse from the kitchen, which had an iPod and money inside, and the family arrived home as Colburn was leaving. Razavi said he suspects Colburn got involved in the coupon-selling business so he easily could scope out potential targets for burglary.

“The only way to discourage this behavior is to give him the maximum sentence and to have it run consecutive with his current prison term,” Razavi told the judge.

Colburn’s attorney, Michael Callow, at first asked the judge to give his client probation or a prison term of less than a year.

“There’s potential for him to change his ways,” Callow said.

Colburn was forthcoming with the judge and asked for mercy.

“There’s no excuse for what happened,” Colburn said. “But this was the first time I ever did this.”

“I understand why the state wants consecutive time,” Kimbler said, “but I’m not going to do that — but I’m also not doing what Mr. Callow wants, either.”

Kimbler gave Colburn three years in prison, to run concurrently with his current sentence. He also credited Colburn with 101 days of time served in jail.

Colburn can be released from prison some time in the summer or fall of 2016.

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