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5-year probation thefts, fraud

A Sanderson man was placed on a five-year probation after pleading on September 25 to four counts of grand theft and fraud for what amounted to a one-man crime spree starting late in 2011.

Aaron Roy Davis will be on house arrest the first year of that term, according to court records. Circuit Judge Phyllis Rosier ordered him to avoid contact with all of the six victims he stole from through March of this year.

A later hearing will determine the restitution amount that will be part of the probation obligation.

Mr. Davis was arrested for stealing property including tools, a trailer, farm implements and fence posts during that period. He was also charged with defrauding a pawn shop and scrap yard by representing himself as the owner of items he turned in for cash, but those charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

In other dispositions that day, Dustin Warner pleaded no contest to felony fleeing and grand theft and was given a year in county jail less 139 days already served.

The judge also ordered him to pay $1357 restitution.

• James Jackson pleaded no contest to grand theft and drew an eight-month jail sentence, less 20 days served.

• Phillip Bennett pleaded no contest to felony marijuana possession and two counts of having paraphernalia for storage. He got six months in jail.

• Joannie Johnson pleaded to sale of a controlled drug and was given a 120-day jail term less 45 days. The judge ordered her to pay a $310 cost of investigation, and imposed drug offender probation after release. She must also undergo mental health counseling.

The state dropped a companion charge of having pills without a prescription.

• Megan Kerr already served most of the 90-day jail sentence she got for two counts of trafficking in stolen property. She will be on probation 28 months after release and was ordered to do 30 hours of community service.

The state dropped two counts of grand theft and the judge also banned Ms. Kerr from bars.

• Urban Cady pleaded no contest to burglary and felony criminal mischief and was placed on a two-year probation. The judge ordered him to pay $1728 restitution and the state dropped a grand theft charge.

• Jade Matteson admitted to violating probation and will be on house arrest for six months.

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