- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - A former northern Ohio lawmaker has been sentenced to two years’ probation for his conviction on a felony theft charge.

Republican Steve Kraus of Sandusky could have faced a year in prison during sentencing Friday by a visiting judge in Ottawa County. The 56-year-old Kraus forfeited his seat in the Ohio House after a jury convicted him last month.

He was accused of stealing antiques and other items from a home while doing work as an auctioneer. His attorney has said Kraus took items from a Port Clinton home to inventory them for auction at a real estate agent’s request.

Kraus was indicted last November, days after he won his House seat. It was his first term in office.

A defense attorney says Kraus is innocent and plans to appeal.

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