October 25, 2014

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Probation violation means a year in prison

MEDINA — A 34-year-old man convicted of making homemade fireworks in his garage will spend a year in prison after violating probation twice in six months.

Peter J. Ferrante, of 1490 W. 130th St., Brunswick, admitted to his second violation Monday.

Peter J. Ferrante, right, will spend a year in prison after admitting Monday to violating his probation for the second time. Also pictured, from left, are Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury and Ferrante’s attorney, Ron Spears. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Ferrante was convicted May 10 of making the fireworks with a “cereal bowl full” of explosive powders he bought over the Internet.

He could have been sentenced to up to four years in prison, but Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier instead placed him on two years of probation in June.

At a hearing Monday, Ferrante told Collier he used a prescription drug illegally and used cocaine.

In asking for another chance, Ferrante’s attorney, Ron Spears, told the judge, “I can’t offer excuses for why Mr. Ferrante did this, but I ask that you consider putting him on community control sanctions again.”

Collier rejected Spears’ request.

“I’m done. I’m really done,” Collier told Ferrante. “I can’t put you on probation again.”

Ferrante was found to be a probation violator for the first time in September, when he admitted to breaking the terms of his house arrest by leaving his home and getting his employer to lie for him about it.

Collier warned Ferrante at that hearing that another violation would mean prison.

On Monday, Collier reiterated his concerns.

“You’re not a good probationer,” he told Ferrante.

“I can be,” Ferrante said. “I’d like to prove it.”

“You’re snorting cocaine and running around on house arrest,” Collier said. “The only thing you’re proving is you’re not a good probationer.”

Ferrante’s May conviction was for counts of attempted illegal manufacture of explosives, a third-degree felony, and unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance, a fifth-degree felony.

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