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Ohio appeals court upholds ex-lawmaker’s theft conviction

December 29, 2018

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio appeals court has upheld the theft conviction of former Republican state lawmaker Steve Kraus.

The auctioneer from Sandusky tells the Sandusky Register he’s considering his options, including further appeals, after the Friday ruling from the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Toledo.

Kraus was convicted in 2015 of taking antiques from a home without the owner’s permission and was sentenced to two years of probation. He insisted he had permission to examine the items and blamed political enemies for the case.

Kraus’ appeal argued that a statement from a new witness supported his position. But the court wasn’t persuaded that the witness provided clear and convincing evidence that might have altered the outcome at trial.

The court also says the appeal was filed too late under court rules.

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Information from: Sandusky Register, http://www.sanduskyregister.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=frontpage?frontpage

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