Man sentenced for lying to judge
Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:00 AM
A Willshire man was sent to prison on Friday after a hearing for violating his probation. Michael Speakman (right), 22, pictured above at his sentencing hearing Wednesday, had told Judge Charles D. Steele he needed work release since he worked at two jobs. Actually, Speakman is not employed at either position, so the deferred prison sentence was handed down Friday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. Speakman was sentenced to nine months in prison on a charge of theft from 2012, and to 12 months in prison for telecommunications fraud. The two sentences will be served concurrently.