Guilty Pleas Entered in Two Marion County Theft Cases
58-year-old Anthony Verble of West Peach in Wamac avoided a prison sentence when pleading guilty to a felony theft charge in exchange for a burglary count being dismissed. If convicted of the burglary charge, Verble would have been sentenced under the terms of a Class 'X' crime because of past convictions for burglary and possession with intent to deliver cannabis. Instead, under the the theft conviction Verble will be placed on two years conditional discharge, serve 90 days in jail and pay court costs.
Verble had been charged with entering a home owned by Patricia Hollingshead in the 900 block of Gragg Street in Centralia last October. The home had been left vacant by the death of her mother and family members had been watching the residence because of prior thefts. Three items taken from the home were recovered by police in Verble's car after members of Hollingshead family prevented him from leaving the scene.
A 23-year-old Vernon man has pleaded guilty to theft of copper wire from Foltz Welding in Patoka in July. Victor Jenkins of West Vine was placed on two years probation, ordered to pay court costs and undergo drug testing and evaluation.
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