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September 6, 2013

Judge advises woman to give up men

---- — Judges don’t typically give dating advice but Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson told Candyce M. Pratt Wednesday that she should give up men until her kids are grown.

Pratt’s choices in men have been “crappy,” Dobson said.

Pratt has a temporary protection abuse order against her last boyfriend, Joshua E. Beilstein, 28, of 2490 South Hermitage Road, Hermitage, who has been charged by Hermitage police with simple assault and reckless endangerment for driving off as she was attempting to get out a car, causing her to fall to the ground, on Aug. 1.

Her husband, Emile R. Pratt Jr., 31, of Hermitage, is a codefendant in the two criminal cases that landed Candyce Pratt before Dobson.

A third codefendant in one of the cases, Tracy L. Hassel, 32, was supposed to be sentenced Wednesday on three counts of burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, but didn’t show up.

“She’s going to spend a long time in the penitentiary,” Dobson said of Hassel, who recently was charged by Hermitage police in three cases with retail theft.

Candyce Pratt is not going to the penitentiary, but she will be supervised for two years, the first three months on house arrest.

Pratt pleaded guilty June 10 to a charge of receiving stolen property for her role in the Aug. 31, 2011, break-in and theft of jewelry at the Gold Mind, 122 E. State St., Sharon; and to conspiracy to commit robbery for the Aug. 1, 2012, aborted robbery of an elderly woman in the 100 block of Jackson Road, Shenango Township.

Assistant District Attorney Daniel Davis said the presentence investigation report, which outlines the offenses, Pratt’s background and her criminal history, left him shaking his head.

Pratt had no prior criminal record and “jumped right into a robbery,” Davis said.

Dobson admitted, “I don’t understand these cases.”

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