July 24, 2016

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Woman who stole from her neighbor released from probation

MEDINA — A 21-year-old Brunswick woman convicted of stealing family heirlooms from a neighbor has been granted an early release from probation.

Shannon Norman, nee Willoughby, formerly of 1271 Old Eagle Drive, had served eight months of probation. She had been sentenced to three years.

Shannon Norman

Shannon Norman

Norman had asked Medina County Common Pleas Judge James Kimbler in a March 11 handwritten motion to release her from probation because her husband — Wooster native David Norman, who she married on Feb. 28 — is living in Oklahoma to help rebuild after last year’s tornados.

“I do not want to be away from my husband,” she wrote to Kimbler. “David has already been such a positive influence in my life.”

She asked the judge to grant her early release or that her probation be transferred to Oklahoma. Kimbler opted for early termination.

Norman was put on three months of house arrest and probation in July after she pleaded guilty to burglary as part of a plea deal. She originally was charged with theft and a more serious burglary charge.

She was accused of breaking into a neighbor’s home with two accomplices on March 23, 2011, and stealing jewelry, cash, a camera, an iPod, a portable DVD player and jeans.

In court, the neighbor said she felt betrayed because they’d lived near each other for many years, which prompted Norman and the woman’s daughter to be friends as children.

While on house arrest, Norman was found to have violated probation by making unauthorized stops to McDonald’s and a bank. Kimbler ordered her to complete 10 hours of community service as punishment.

Two men — William Ungor III, 23, and Christopher Zevchek, 21 — were convicted as Norman’s co-defendants and served six months at the county jail.

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.