By J Swygart - firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: Lima News
LIMA — A Lima teenager was spared time behind bars during his sentencing hearing Thursday morning in Allen County Common Pleas Court, due in part to an emotional request from the victim in the case — who is also the defendant’s grandfather.
Danny Ward Jr. appeared before Judge Jeffrey Reed for sentencing on a third-degree felony charge of burglary. Ward had been indicted on charges of burglary and grand theft and last month had accepted a negotiated plea deal from prosecutors that called for him to plead guilty to the burglary count in exchange for the state’s dismissal of the remaining count.
Prior to sentencing on Thursday, Reed gave the victim in the case the opportunity to speak. The man, Ward’s grandfather, asked the court for leniency in sentencing.