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LIVINGSTON COUNTY – After a long and frustrating series of hearings in county court on Tuesday, a Lima man who was convicted of ATM fraud and sentenced to weekends in jail was locked up without bail following another arrest for allegedly sneaking pills into jail, a violation which could now land him with prison time.
Mark Krebbecks, 45, claimed in court Tuesday morning that he is the sole provider for his grandmother and cat, and needed to be released to take care of them and his apartment before handling the additional felony charge.
“I take complete care of my grandma,” said Krebbecks. “I cook for her, I clean for her, I get her in and out of bed. I need to move out of my apartment and my cat is not a people person, so I’m afraid she’ll be taken to the pound and put down if I’m in jail.”
After a pause, Judge Robert Wiggins decided to recall the case at 2 p.m. so that he could look into these apparently extenuating circumstances. When the case was recalled at 2 that afternoon, Judge Wiggins said that Krebbecks’ circumstances were not as desperate as they seemed.
“Mr. Krebbecks, we adjourned this case until this afternoon because I wanted time to look into the extreme circumstances discussed before,” said Judge Wiggins. “Turns out that Grandma is in California on vacation, and there are many others who could provide services if she so needed. So the urgency that you originally presented, we call it ‘exigency,’ really isn’t there to the point that you were making it sound.”
Krebbecks was remanded to the Livingston County Jail without bail, despite Krebbecks’ additional claims that getting his mental health treatment would be impossible from jail and his attorney Christopher Laragy having to stop him from taking over the judge.
“I want you to get the right (mental health) treatment, Mark,” said Judge Wiggins. “I hate to see you like this.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Mark Krebbecks. (Photo/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)