WARREN - Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan on Tuesday informed the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections that he objects to an early release program for a Hubbard man who was convicted in August for desecrating a military veteran's grave and stealing a statue that he tried to sell for scrap.
Logan's opinion echos a similar one drafted in the form of a motion Friday by a prosecutor who also opposed entry into a what's called an Intensive Program Prison - a halfway house that would lead to an early release for Richard Couturiaux, 31.
Couturiaux, who blamed his crimes on drug use, was sentenced by Logan to 18 months in prison in the case that was monitored closely by local veterans. The sentence included time that was combined with a conviction in a second, unrelated case.
Logan and assistant county prosecutor Charles Morrow object to Couturiaux entering the program and getting out of prison within a period of time estimated to be about 90 days.
Morrow pointed out in his motion how the defendant, who has a past criminal record, was selling a $36,000 brass military statue that was stolen from a grave last year for $75 in scrap.
Couturiaux, of North Main Street, had remained in Trumbull County Jail since he and another man were arrested after the theft of the statue from an East Side Youngstown cemetery.
Couturiaux pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, vandalism and two counts of desecration, a misdemeanor.
The statue was broken off at the ankles in March. A Youngstown police officer tracked it down April 5 at a scrap yard in Warren.