Zepeda granted intervention instead of convictionWritten by Kristen Criswell | | email@example.com
Former Kiss-FM radio host Andrew Zepeda was granted intervention in lieu of conviction Feb. 4.
“It’s just awesome to have this done and behind me. The last four months have been a nightmare for me and I just want to get back on the air and put my life back together,” Zepeda told Toledo Free Press.
Zepeda said the support of his family and fans on Facebook has been what has gotten him through the past few months. Now that his court case is behind him, Zepeda will start looking for a new radio gig, he said.
Zepeda will undergo alcohol dependency treatment rather than face prosecution for charges for failure to pay sales tax, complicity to breaking and entering and theft at his former pizzeria.
In order for the judge to agree to a treatment plan, Zepeda had to plead guilty to his charges. If Zepeda violates the terms of his intervention, he could be brought back to court.
Zepeda was indicted Nov. 17 in Wood County Common Pleas Court on charges of theft, failure to collect and remit sales tax returns and complicity to breaking and entering. The first two charges were fourth-degree felonies that could have carried a sentence of to up to 18 months in prison; the complicity charge was a fifth-degree felony with a maximum of one year in prison.