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Former airport chief pleads guilty to theft

ELYRIA — The former director of the Lorain County Regional Airport pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor theft charge for using airport money to purchase items for his personal use.

Daniel Abfall, 43, had been charged with two felony counts of theft in office, which could have sent him to prison for three years before he took the plea deal offered by prosecutors.

County Common Pleas Judge Edward Zaleski sentenced Abfall to one year good behavior, fined him $500 and suspended a 30 day jail sentence. Abfall also must repay the county $1,001.89, about half of the amount he was accused of stealing.

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